Mermaids and the Question of Souls
Did you know in the year Ad 558, there exist evidence to support the history of a living mermaid in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland?
Records tell us that 300 years earlier she had been a little girl called Liban, whose family died in a flood. She lived for a year beneath the waves, tending to herself until she gradually transformed into a mermaid.
Though it might be a bit hard to believe, historical Irish records tell us that she eventually gave herself away by singing beneath the waves. She was overheard, and a party of men rowed into the lake and caught her in a net.
The men who caught her named her Murgen, which means ‘sea born’. They displayed her in a tank of water for everyone to see. She was baptised and when she died, she was christened as ‘St Murgen’ with many miracles being attributed to her.
Our research has also proven that in the year 1403, another mermaid was stranded on mud-flats near Edam, in West Friesland. A 17th century historian, gives us records that she was befriended by village women who ‘cleansed her of sea-mosse’, which did stick about her’.
She never learnt to speak, but lived for 15 years and was given a full christian burial in the local churchyard when she died.
Another folklore comes from the beautiful mermaid of the Holy Island of Iona, off Sotland, everyday it was recorded that she visited an unknown saint who lived there.
She was in love with him but could not strike a proper relationship because she revealed to the Saint that, ‘mermaids lack no souls’.
The saint in turn told her, that to gain a soul she must renounce the sea.
This was impossible for her, so she left in despair and never returned. But her tears remained and formed the grey-green pebbles which are found only on the Island.
Did you know that the Philistines and Babylonians of biblical times worshipped fish tailed gods.
For typical examples on the West African continent, mermaids are popularly called ‘Mammy Water’ – a term for – Mother of the Sea
We’ve actually made some research into the true existence of mermaids and people who do get married to these creatures.
In Africa, marrying a mermaid is popularly known to bring you wealth and vast riches.
The existence of mermaids also appear on Phoenician and Corinthian coins. Alexander the Great’s historical records refers to his several adventures with beautiful sea maidens, visiting the bottom of the sea in a glass globe.
Even a Roman writer, Pliny recounts how an officer of Augustus Ceasar saw many mermaids ‘cast upon the sand and lying dead’ on a beach in far away gaul – known now as France.
While other cultures often depict mermaids as lonely creatures who occasionally take a human form to enjoy village fun and festivities, they also reveal the disastrous consequences which could happen when a man seizes their magical cap or belt, preventing their return to the sea.
Marriages with mermaids are recorded to be seldom happy. Here an Illustration could be taken from the texts of the Middle Ages – Royal French Families.
In truth these Royal Families had decided to tamper their lineages by claiming a link to the Mermaid Melusine, a wife of Raymonde – cousin to the Count of Poitiers.
The tales reveal that Melusine was happily married to Raymonde with a pressing condition that he would leave her alone on Saturdays.
– For years this worked until curiousity got the better of Raymonde and he was forced to come home on a Saturday eventually peeping through a key hole to discover his wife, sitting in the bath, partially transformed with fish tails.
Melusine cried out in dismay and fled through the window never to return.
While mermaid stories and legends may sound superficial, they are universally acceptable as poof that they do exist.
A school in Nigeria named King’s College was said to be built with the help and permission of a mermaid. Her symbol is crested today on the school’s regalia as evidence and perhaps obeisance to the mermaid herself.
Mermaids are known for their magical treasures and items like combs, mirrors, coins and trinkets.
The true question remains, “Why does the present civilization doubt the existence of these creatures when history says otherwise?”