Merman

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Merman
Merman.jpg

A representation of a Merman from the 17th century
GroupingMythological
Sub groupingWater spirit
Similar creaturesMermaid
MythologyWorld mythology
CountryWorldwide
HabitatOcean, sea
 
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Merman
Merman.jpg

A representation of a Merman from the 17th century
GroupingMythological
Sub groupingWater spirit
Similar creaturesMermaid
MythologyWorld mythology
CountryWorldwide
HabitatOcean, sea
An interpretation of the semitic god Dagon as a "fish-god"
Mermaid and merman, 1866. Unknown Russian folk artist
Banff "Merman" on display at the Indian Trading Post

Mermen are mythical male equivalents and counterparts of mermaids – legendary creatures who have the form of a male human from the waist up and are fish-like from the waist down, having scaly fish tails in place of legs. A "merboy" is a young merman.

Mythology[edit]

In Greek mythology, mermen were often illustrated to have green seaweed-like hair, a beard, and a trident. In Irish mythology, mermen are described as extremely ugly creatures with pointed green teeth, pig-like eyes, green hair, and a red nose. In Finnish mythology, a merman (vetehinen) is often portrayed as a magical, powerful, handsome, bearded man with the tail of a fish. He can cure illnesses, lift curses and brew potions, but he can also cause unintended harm by becoming too curious about human life. The boto of the Amazon River regions is described according to local lore as taking the form of a human or merman, also known as encantado ("enchanted one" in Portuguese) and with the habit of seducing human women and impregnating them. Chinese mermen were believed to only surface during storms or, in some cases, were believed to have the ability to cause storms.

The actions and behavior of mermen can vary wildly depending on the source and time period of the stories. They have been said to sink ships by summoning great storms, but also said to be wise teachers, according to earlier mythology. Mermen, just like mermaids, can lure and attract female humans with their enchantingly beautiful, soft melodic and seductive siren-like singing voices and tones.

Notable mermen[edit]

Cryptozoology[edit]

A "merman" (actually a Fiji mermaid) was supposedly found in Banff, Alberta. It has a display at the Indian Trading Post.[2]

Entertainment[edit]

In some modern works and films however, mermen are portrayed as handsome, strong and brave. They are almost always portrayed wearing no clothing, no matter what the temperature of the water is, with the exception of armour or cloaks in some settings.

Mer-Man from He-Man

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ármann Jakobsson, "Hættulegur hlátur," In Úr manna minnum: Greinar um íslenskar þjóðsögur. Ed. Baldur Hafstað & Haraldur Bessason (2002), 67–83.
  2. ^ Babin, Tom (2007-01-22). "Banff's oldest celebrity resident". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  3. ^ A.W. (May 1, 1954). "Movie Review – The Creature From the Black Lagoon". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Myrtle Beach Mermen". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 

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