A mythological aquatic creature, a spirit of the water, with a human head, a torso and the tail of an aquatic animal such as a fish.
The word is a compound of mere, the Old English word for “sea,” and maid, a woman. The male equivalent is a merman; however the term mermaid is sometimes used for males.
Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures, typically depicted without clothing.
1) Mermaids would sometimes sing to people and enchant them; distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or run their ships aground.
2) Other stories have them squeezing the life out of drowning men while attempting to rescue them.
3) They are also said to take humans down to their underwater kingdoms.
4) In Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” it is said that they forget that humans cannot breathe underwater, while others say they drown men out of spite.
Which type of mermaid/merman are you?