Horizons: Mermen

July 16th, 2011 by | No comments

Last month we had an article on mermaids and to keep things equal and not being accused of being sexist we are going to take a look at mermen today. They are not that different from their female counterparts; They are also overgrown fish with a human upper body – in this case a man’s obviously.  There are many different myth about mermen depending on where you are in the world. In Greek mythology they have a beard, seaweed hair and a trident. In Irish mythology they are extremely ugly creatures with green teeth, pig-like eyes, green hair and a red nose. Elsewhere they are known to be handsome and magical creatures that can cure illnesses, lift curses and brew potions. Sounds like a splendid fellow to have around.

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Horizons: Mermaids

June 5th, 2011 by | 5 comments

After seeing Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look a mermaids. I don’t mean that in a pornographic way, but where the myth of them originated from, because it is a myth. They don’t exist, do they? Anyway, we’ll dig into that as well. Mermaids are those big fish with a woman’s upper body instead of that of a fish. They live in the sea (duh!) and the most popular myth is that they lure sailors close by singing a beautiful song. When the poor sailors, who are enchanted by the song,  gets close the mermaids drag them underwater to drown. What they get out of that is beyond me. Maybe they have a weird fetish and just do it for pleasure, but there are also other stories.

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