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Mermaid
In folklore Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A tradition is a belief A belief is an Attitude (psychology), attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition ab ..., a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. In ancient Assyria Assyria (), also called the Assyrian Empire, was a n kingdom and of the that existed as a state from perhaps as early as the 25th century BCE (in the form of the city-state) until its collapse between 612 BCE and 609 BCE; thereby spanning ..., the goddess Atargatis Atargatis or Ataratheh (; arc, 'Atar'atheh, script=Latn, italic=yes or ) was the chief goddess of northern Syria in Classical antiquity Classical antiquity (also the classical era, classical period or classical age) ...
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The Little Mermaid
"The Little Mermaid" ( da, Den lille havfrue) is a Danish literary fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The story follows the journey of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 as part of a collection of fairy tales for children. The original story has been a subject of multiple analyses by scholars such as Jacob Bøggild and Pernille Heegaard as well as the folklorist Maria Tatar. These analyses cover various aspects of the story from interpreting the themes to discussing why Andersen chose to write a tragic story with a happy ending. It has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre, anime, ballet, opera, and film. There is also The Little Mermaid (statue), a statue portraying the mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the story was written and first published. Plot summary The Little Mermaid lives in an underwater kingdom with her widowed fa ...
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Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (, ; 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales A fairy tale, fairytale, wonder tale, magic tale, fairy story or ''Märchen'' is an instance of European folklore genre Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A t .... Andersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness Collective consciousness, collective conscience, or collective conscious (french: conscience collective) is the set of shared beliefs, ideas, and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.''Collins Dictionary of Sociolog ..., readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the f ...
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Selkie
In Celtic The words Celt and Celtic (also Keltic) may refer to: Ethno-linguistics *Celts The Celts (, see pronunciation of ''Celt'' for different usages) are. "CELTS location: Greater Europe time period: Second millennium B.C.E. to present ancestry: ... and Norse Norse is demonym for Norsemen, a medieval North Germanic ethnolinguistic group ancestral to modern Scandinavians, defined as speakers of Old Norse from about the 9th to the 13th centuries. Norse may also refer to: Culture and religion * Norse m ... mythology, selkies (also spelled ', ', ') or selkie folk ( sco, selkie fowk) meaning 'seal folk' are mythological beings capable of therianthropy Therianthropy is the mythology, mythological ability of human beings to metamorphosis, metamorphose into other animals by means of shapeshifting. It is possible that cave drawings found at Trois Frères, Les Trois Frères, in France, depict ancien ..., changing from seal Seal may refer to any of the following: ...
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Ningyo
is a fish Fish are aquatic Aquatic means relating to water Water (chemical formula H2O) is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's hydrosphere and the ...-like creature from Japan Japan ( ja, 日本, or , and formally ) is an island country An island country or an island nation is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often referred to as the land of an in ...ese folklore Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A tradition is a belief A belief is an attitude Attitude may refer to: Philosophy and psychology * Attitude (psycholog .... Mythology Anciently, it was described with a monkey Monkey is a common name that may refer to most mammals of the infraorder In biological classification In biology ...
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Merman
Mermen, the male counterparts of the mythical female mermaid In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. In ancient Assyria, the godde ...s, are legendary creature A legendary creature (also known as a ''mythological'', ''mythic'' or ''fabulous'' creature) is a supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the laws of nature. This term is attributed ...s, which are male human Humans (''Homo sapiens'') are the most abundant and widespread species In biology Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their anatomy, physical structure, Biochemistry, chemical processes ... from the waist up and fish Fish are , , -bearing animals that lack with . Included in this definition are the living ...
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Merman
Mermen, the male counterparts of the mythical female mermaid In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. In ancient Assyria, the godde ...s, are legendary creature A legendary creature (also known as a ''mythological'', ''mythic'' or ''fabulous'' creature) is a supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the laws of nature. This term is attributed ...s, which are male human Humans (''Homo sapiens'') are the most abundant and widespread species In biology Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their anatomy, physical structure, Biochemistry, chemical processes ... from the waist up and fish Fish are , , -bearing animals that lack with . Included in this definition are the living ...
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John William Waterhouse
John William Waterhouse (6 April 184910 February 1917) was an English painter The following is a list of notable Kingdom of England, English and United Kingdom, British painters (in chronological order). English painters Born 16th century *George Gower (c. 1540–1596) *Nicolas Hilliard (1547–1619) *Sir Nathaniel Bacon ... known for working first in the Academic style and for then embracing the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (later known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and art critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt File:Hunt-AwakeningConscience1853.jpg, ''The Awakening Conscience'' (1853) ...'s style and subject matter. His artworks were known for their depictions of women from both ancient Greek mythology Greek mythology is the body of myth Myth is a folklore genre Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition ...
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Sea In Culture
The role of the sea in culture has been important for centuries, as people experience the sea The sea, connected as the world ocean or simply the ocean The ocean (also the sea or the world ocean) is the body of salt water which covers approximately 71% of the surface of the Earth.Rembrandt, ''Self-portrait'', etching, c.1630 Print ... created colour prints of the moods of the sea, including ''The Great Wave off Kanagawa , also known as ''The Great Wave'' otherwise known as, ''The Wave'', is a woodblock print Woodblock printing or block printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in ...''. The sea has appeared in literature since Homer Homer (; grc, Ὅμηρος , ''Hómēros'') was an ancient Greek Ancient Greek includes the forms of the Greek language Greek ( el, label=Modern Greek Modern Greek (, , or , ''Kiní Neoellinikí Glóssa''), generall ...
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Undine
Undines (or ondines) are a category of elemental An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance The Renaissance ( , ) , from , with the same meanings. was a period in European history marking the transiti ... beings associated with water, stemming from the alchemical File:Aurora consurgens zurich 044 f-21v-44 dragon-pot.jpg, Depiction of Ouroboros from the alchemical treatise ''Aurora consurgens'' (15th century), Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland Alchemy (from Arabic: ''al-kīmiyā''; from Ancient Gree ... writings of Paracelsus Paracelsus (; c. 1493 – 24 September 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), was a Swiss physician, alchemist Alchemy (from Arabic: ''al-kīmiyā''; from Ancient Greek: ' .... Later writers developed the undine into a water nymph A nymph ( grc, νύμφη, nýmphē, el, s ...
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Merfolk
Merfolk or merpeople are legendary water-dwelling human-like beings. They are attested in folklore Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A tradition is a belief A belief is an Attitude (psychology), attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition ab ... and mythology Myth is a folklore genre Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A tradition is a belief A belief is an Attitude (psychology), attitude that something is the ca ... throughout the ages in various parts of the world. Female merfolk may be referred to as mermaid In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. In ancient Assyria, the godde ...s, although in a strict se ...
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Manatee
Manatees (family In , family (from la, familia) is a of people related either by (by recognized birth) or (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families would off ... Trichechidae Manatees (family In human society, family (from la, familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth) or affinity (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of families is to maintain the well-be ..., genus Genus /ˈdʒiː.nəs/ (plural genera /ˈdʒen.ər.ə/) is a taxonomic rank In biological classification In biology, taxonomy () is the scientific study of naming, defining (Circumscription (taxonomy), circumscribing) and classifying gr ... ''Trichechus'') are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous A herbivore is an animal Animals (also called Metazoa) are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the Kingdom (bi ...
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Melusine
Mélusine () or Melusina is a figure of European folklore European folklore or Western folklore refers to the folklore Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral tradi ..., a female spirit of fresh water in a holy well or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a Serpent (symbolism), serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid or a lamia). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails, or both. Her legends are especially connected with the northern and western areas of France, Luxembourg, and the Low Countries. Her name can vary depending on the areas such as Merlusse in Vosges, Merluisaine in Champagne.... The French Dictionnaire de la langue française, Littré suggests the Latin ''melus'', meaning "melodious, pleasant". The Limburg-Luxemburg dynasty, which ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1308 to 1437 as we ...
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