This week's Mythic Mondays focused on Mermaids, but there was just too much for one newsletter- so here's some more interesting facts about these creatures! Or skip below to see how Mothers are like Mermaids!
Four fun Mermaid Facts You might Not know
1. Every major seafaring culture has their own version of a mermaid myth. In Slavic cultures, for instance, the rusalka is a mermaid formed when a young woman drowns, often as a result of suicide. The drowned woman, who was unhappy in life, then haunts a waterway, emerging from a river or the sea to bring woe to the living.
2. The Iara, a mermaid from Brazilian mythology, lures men to spend eternity with her under the waters of the Amazon. However, this isn't a bad thing, since the Iara will love the man until he dies of old age, attending to his every desire.
3. Manatees might have inspired many mermaid myths. A manatee cow will cradle its calf in its arms while it swims, much like a woman carrying a child. Several mermaid "sightings" in past and recent times have been attributed to manatees.
4. "Mermaiding" is a profession. Underwater models, wearing mermaid tails, will pose for photo shoots or can be hired for events. While there are few who "mermaid" full-time, there are a growing number of professional mermaids.
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