Hey guys welcome to another Odd Learning post!
I was watching some movies including Pirates of the Caribbean when it came to me that I didn’t really know the difference between a mermaid and a siren, so it was time to learn.
Most of the time we think these mythological creatures are the same but, as I was reading some old folktales books I have, I learned they are quite different, so now my duty as an OddLearning writer is to share this Odd knowledge I acquired.
(Due to the nature of the art I must warn that there is some nudity, viewer discretion is advised. It is only artistic, not sensual.)
Let’s get to it!
What are Mermaids?
A Mermaid is a legendary 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, Africa and Asia.
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.
Atargatis is a Goddess of Syrian origin whose worship spread to Greece, Rome and more. She is a Great Mother and Fertility Goddess of the Earth and Water, considered the main Goddess worshiped in Syria.
Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and death by drowning, but they are also seen as benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
Earning the love of a mermaid could bring you eternal life! :O
It is said that Mermaids are born when someone who has a great love for the sea dies, thus the stories of sailors and mermaids. They are only born during solstices or equinoxes.
But only from those that had a peaceful death, if they died while fighting or suicide they would become Sirens.
So, what are Sirens?
Well, I just wrote the answer but I will explain in more detail.
Sirens were dangerous creatures, which lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their islands, said to inhabit the most dangerous islands surrounded by cliffs and rocks.
Sirens are often confused for mermaids, as both have been described to have an upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish, but the truth is that sirens have also been described as birds with large women’s heads, covered in feathers and with big scaly feet, with and without wings.
The reason they were seen as bird like is because of the beautiful melodies birds sing (Not very attractive, right?)
They are often described as charming playing instruments such as harps which lure sailors with their enchanting melodies.
Originally, the Sirens were shown to be male and female.
But, the male siren disappeared from art around fifth century, the reason the male sirens disappeared had to do with religious views, as it was not seen as proper the fact that sailors (mostly men) could be lured by male sirens. It didn’t make sense for some ;(
It is said that Sirens are born from violent deaths, such as drowning, or fighting, having thrown their bodies in to the sea. Thus, they are born with the intention to lure more and drag them to their deaths.
What do you think? Do you believe in these mythological creatures?
Or do you prefer the real living Mermaid of our times?
Do you know which animal I’m talking about? It’s none other that the beautiful….
Let’s protect our beautiful Mermaids, they are an endangered species!!!
I hope you guys liked this information, now that you know the difference make sure to explain it to someone who doesn’t :D!!
And if there is anything else you would like to know, please be sure to ask!
Since I am writing this a couple of days before New Year, I really hope you and your loved ones are having an amazing time and enjoying the Holidays!
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