Mermaids have been a rumor for centuries. This rumor, which dates back to the past, is seen as a legend created by sailors. But this is such a legend that many sailors claim to have seen mermaids. Not only do they see them, but some claim that they hunt mermaids. Many people believe in the legend of the mermaids and the rumors that mermaids are hunted. Are you one of them?
Mermaids & Sailors Who Claim To Have Seen Mermaids
Mermaids are mythical creatures whose lower body is said to be a fish and the upper part of their body is said to be a human being, and we have seen this depicted in many places. Centuries of rumors and gossip say that a creature exactly like the one we see in the pictures lives. This mythical creature, which has been the subject of movies, is not only believed by children, but it is also a phenomenon that has a permanent place in the minds of adults.
How Did Mermaid Legends Begin?
The mermaid figure is ingrained in many cultures. Known in almost every culture, the story of this mythical creature goes back a long way. When we look at the first rumors of mermaids, it is seen that many of them were made-up stories told imaginatively by sailors who had too much to drink. There were even sailors who claimed to have hunted them out of their imagination. This concept is known to have originated in Greek mythology, which includes many gods and creatures in its mythology.
In Greek mythology, mermaids are referred to as sirens. Greek sirens were believed to be birds with human heads. Later on, these Greek sirens were depicted as fish, which was the beginning of mermaids. It is thought that Greek sirens laid the groundwork for the formation of these strange creatures, mermaids.
In the Middle Ages, the fish-like structure of Greek sirens made them popular. Over time, the perception of sirens and mermaids merged and the sirens of Greek mythology were thought to be mermaids. Afterward, mermaids started to be mentioned a lot in medieval animal books.
Mermaids Thought to Be Behind Mysterious Events at Sea
When the rumors of mermaids began, it was thought that storms, shipwrecks, and drowned people were caused by mermaids. At that time, all the negative events that occurred in the seas were associated with mermaids.
Characteristics of Mermaids and the Sailors Who Claim To Have Seen Mermaids
We have already mentioned that mermaids originated from the sirens of Greek mythology. The mythical figures in this mythology are Charybdis and Scylla. These mythical figures lived alongside the sirens and at least one of them is thought to have been female, and these mythical figures were known to have fish-like features.
It was also known that the sirens that the mermaids resembled had seductive qualities and that Scylla was a creature that destroyed sailors’ ships. It was emphasized that Scylla was a mermaid-like creature with two tails.
Apart from Scylla and Charybdis, mythical gods and nymphs known as Oceanids and naiads may have inspired mermaid stories. Although these creatures do not have fishtails, they share many similar characteristics with mermaids. Therefore, nymphs and needs seem to be one of the factors behind the stories about mermaids.
Another big factor in the emergence of these stories is the Greek gods. Tritons in Greek mythology had no legs. Instead of these legs, he had two fishtails. Glaucus, the God of the Sea according to the scrolls, was also drawn with a fish tail and fins instead of arms.
Modern-day Mermaid Legends Although stories and legends about mermaids have been told in the past, there are still sailors today who claim to have seen mermaids. Sailors talk rumors about seeing people with tails in the water in deserted parts of the oceans. One of the most realistic of these stories is the story of Banff’s Merman and his mummy on display.