The mermaid & the moonJuly 5th, 2012 | Posted by in Arty Curiosities | THINGS I LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU
Mermaids have always been a beautiful creature with a lot of mystery around them. They became popular even in books and for instance as well in the well know cartoon “The little Mermaid”.
Every culture has their own myths about mermaids, their description of their beauty, their powers and mysteries.
I decided to take a look at the mermaid from the point of view of the Syrian Mythology today and therefore the mermaid in addition with the moon.
The Syrians had a mermaid moon-goddess. They called her Atargatis (while the Philistines knew her as Derceto).This moon-goddess was depicted as a mermaid as the tides ebbed and flowed with the moon. Furthermore she was incorporated into a god-like personification as we can find in the ancient Syrian art and their literature. Atargatis is one of the first recorded mermaids. The legend says that her child Semiramis was a normal human being & due to that Atargatis was feeling so ashamed that she killed her lover. She even abandoned her child and became completely a fish…
That’s what the legend says.
I love the myths around mermaids and their depicted beauty when their image and souls are “translated” into art.
Have a mystic & wonderful day*
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