Mermaid Lineages

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Malta Ginger Mermaid

The story of the mermaid is a diverse one. Stories about mermaids don’t just vary across time but cultures as well.

There are several origin stories for the mermaid. One of the oldest stories comes from Syria in about 1000 BC. The short version of the story goes something like this. There was once a beautiful goddess named Atargatis. One day she jumped into the lake, determined to turn into a fish.

Atargatis was too beautiful to turn into a fish fully, so instead, only the bottom half of her had the fishtail, but her upper body stayed as beautiful as it had been before. There are many other origin stories for the mermaid that is similar to this one as well. Overall, they’re mostly about a lovely woman or goddess who gives herself to the sea, becoming a mermaid.

Ever since the first mermaid legends that began thousands of years ago, sightings have been reported in different parts of the world. It is hard to see Mermaids up close; they’re always a distance away from whoever sees them. Sailors traveling far distances often claimed to have seen mermaids. Some sailors even claimed that they fell in love just by looking at her.