Mermaid (ch. 1)


Mermaid (ch. 1) There are different spells which can turn you into a mermaid and endow you with her abilities. How real are those spells? Is there really a way to become a mermaid?

Mermaids are real magicians. They rule the water and air elements and are able to breathe underwater. As some legends state, they can even turn into other beings.

Many girls, who like watching teen movies and series, dream of putting a spell to turn into a mermaid. And it is understandable. Those charming characters we see on TV, with their magic, gracefulness and agile movements in the water, are so attractive. Mermaid movie fans are now in search of a spell which will turn them into a real mermaid.

I want each of you to understand that spells, which are supposed to make you a mermaid, are just a myth. It is a game. There are no spells of this kind in real magic.

Where do mermaids come from?

Each culture has its own answer to this question. Irish people believe mermaids are old heathen women turned into half-fish beings and sent to earth by Saint Patrick. A fairy tale “Livonian” runs that they are Pharaoh’s children drowned in the Red Sea. Other claim that mermaids originate from one of the sea gods from ancient religions, such as Chaldean Oann who would come to earth every day and plunge into the sea at night.

The world folklore is full is stories about half-women/half-fish beings, beautiful seducers living in the sea. Ancient Egypt and Babylon’s chronicles mention mermaids a lot. Greek historian Megasfen, as well as Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist and Encyclopaedist, describes them in detail. People from the Far East, China, India and America had been aware about mermaids long before Europeans came. So, what are mermaids and what brought them to this planet?

In ancient times

Mermaids, as flesh and blood creatures, as opposed to gods or their assistants, are first mentioned in the Icelandic annals Speculum Regale (XII century). They tell about a monster “Margigr” that lives off the coast of Greenland. A typical mermaid is described as a creature that to the waist looks like a woman, with breasts, long arms and soft hair. Its neck and head are like those of regular people. From the waist down, this monster is like a fish, with a fish tail, fins and scales.

As sailing developed, more evidence appeared. Thus, in 1492, Christopher Columbus noted that off the coast of Cuba there were mermaids with “cock feathering and manlike faces.” In 1531, Polish King Sigismund’s Household had an opportunity to gape at a mermaid caught in the Baltic Sea. Unfortunately, the fun did not last long. The captive died three days later.

Encounters with mermaids became as frequent as never before, so churchmen could not ignore that phenomenon anymore. In 1560, they had an opportunity to talk to mermaids face-to-face. Dutch sailors fished out seven beautiful mermaids at once off the coast of Mandar Island, near Ceylon. However, Jesuit fathers never made it to those half-human half-fish beauties. They were carried away discussing their lost souls, so the mystery remained unsolved. Personal physician to the Dutch viceroy in Goa (the center of European – East Indian trade back then) M. Boske was the first to try to benefit from mermaids. Armed with a scalpel, he disemboweled all seven captives in hope to find out the truth, so to say. His conclusion was that not only did mermaids look like humans on the outside. They did so on the inside, too. It stirred up another dispute among churchmen. They had to know if mermaids had souls and if it was okay to continue eating them... Back then, in Angola, one of the colonies of Portugal, locals did enjoy tucking away those “sea people” they fished out.

Famous sailor and geographer Henry Hudson (the bay, river and strait in Canada are named after him), passing by the islands of Novaya Zemlya, wrote in his ship’s log, “One of our company, looking overboard, saw a mermaid, and, calling up some of the company to see her, one more came up, and she was then close to the ship’s side, looking earnestly on the men. Soon afterward a sea came and overturned her. Her back and breasts were like a woman’s, her body as big as one of us; her skin very white, and long black hair banging down behind. In her going down they saw her tail, like the tail of a porpoise, and speckled like mackerel. Their names that saw her were Thomas Hills and Robert Rayner. Date: June 15, 1608.”

Create date: 18.01.2014 05:43:52



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