In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.
Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st-century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.
Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen’s well-known fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.
Now let’s see what we have to offer from Intuita Shop for our mermaids who walk the streets:
I think this piece is a must for all water-loving beauties out there! What makes it especially beautiful is the lacey fantasy nautilus design which, when cast into this beautiful sterling silver jewel, is really light weight, simple and gorgeous.
Gorgeous Handpainted Glass Necklaces
As most human-like creatures, mermaids like to hold on to their memories as well! These gorgeous pieces are inspired by the beauty of the waterside.
Atlantis – the underwater city
These pieces are somewhat extravagant: if you look closely, you will see a part of Atlantis encased within: bubbles, flowers, towering wood pieces or smoke are all on the plate.
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Souvenirs for Mermaids
Mermaids love souvenirs, too and if I have to guess, they would love a handmade glass fish fridge magnet! Or a seahorse?
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