Mermaids: cosmetic symbols
Posted in the Psychiatry Forum
#1 Mar 31, 2013
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans (source: Wikipedia).
The iconic sailors Christopher Columbus and Blackbeard both reported that the crew of their ships sighted strange semi-human semi-fish creatures that seemed to present omens about travel.
Mermaids have been discussed in the arts as well as in the sciences, as inquisitive minds have wondered if man's true dominion was simply on land or whether he had evolutionary hybrid relatives in Earth's waters.
Because mermaids are semi-fish (and hence aquatic) creatures, romanticized stories of mermaids reflecting beauty or adventure are psyche expressions of a natural curiosity about mobility appearance.
If crypto-zoologists discover one day that mermaids are in fact real and exist as an evolutionary relative of the human species, this incredible nature discovery will not undermine the simple fact that relevant mermaid-ornament Hollywood (USA) movies such as "The Little Mermaid" (1989) are psychiatric symbols of vanity introspection.
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
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