It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Wizard’s Desk (5/25/2021, 6:32:42 PM
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Wizard’s Desk ( #fpdwizarddesk ) so I thought today would be a good day to jump into the water folk. There are several different types of mermaid, as well as Naiads and Nixies, but I think I’ll focus on Mermaids today just cause caption length restrictions. ha. . Merfolk—Family: SIRENIDAE . One of the earliest mermaid legends comes from Syria! (1000 BC) Where mention of Atargatis, a fertility goddess, was often depicted in mermaid form. She is perhaps the “original” mermaid. When she dove into water only her bottom half transformed into a fish. (from thefw.com) . Christopher Columbus reported having seen mermaids during his exploration of the Caribbean, but were probably manatees (wink wink) . "As stunningly gorgeous as they are dangerous, merfolk live in loosely structured kingdoms deep in the sea, but occasionally their natural curiosity causes them to come near the shore. Although menfolk are very beautiful, it is not safe to approach them. Land people and sea people have been at odds since earliest recorded memory. With pollution increasing and more aquatic species hunted to extinction, merfolk are even less likely to consider a land dweller a potential friend. Their “hair” is actually external gill filaments used to extract oxygen from the water. The filaments only extend from their heads and, like mammalian hair, need to be groomed via combing and brushing." (from Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide) . Honestly, the stories about mermaids continue today, with sighting claims made as recently as 2009. The legends and stories surrounding mermaids and their appearance and behavior vary pretty widely, but all are interesting to me. Do they cause storms and drown sailors and fishermen? Do they save and help? Do they speak in riddles like a Sphinx? Were they once Harpies? Maybe it’s a little bit of everything rolled into one. . Are you a mermaid fan?