- Posted January 22, 2012 by
Three Rivers, Michigan
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"Mermaid" is compound of mer,the French word for sea,and maid, a girl or young women.
Much like sirens,mermaids will sing to people or to gods enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing people to walk off a ship's deck or to run their ship aground.
The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria,Ca 1000BC.
A popular Greek legend turns Alexander the Great's sister,Thessalonine,into a mermaid after she died.
The "One thousand and one nights" includes several tales featuring "Sea people", such as Djullanar the Sea-girl.
The Norman Chapel in Durham Castle, built around 1078 by Saxon stonemasons has what is reputed to be one of the earliest artistic depictions of a mermaid in England.It can be seen on a south-facing capital above of the original Norman stone pillars.
In some ancient fairy tales of China, the mermaid was a special creature whose tears could turn into priceless pearls.
The mermaid, or surenka, is the symbol of Warsaw(Poland).
Claimed sightings of dead or living mermaids have come from places as diverse as Java and British Columbia, two Canadian reports from area of Vancouver 1870,1890 and 1967.
In august 2009, the town of Kiruat Yam in Israel offered a prize of $1 million for anyone who could prove the existence of a mermaid off it's coast, after dozens of people reported seeing a mermaid leaping out of the water like dolphin and doing aerial tricks.
The prize has not yet been awarded.
This is my 21st century version of mermaids in Great Lakes area.