I created this blog initially to discuss my interest in mythology, paranormal activity, legends, and all things unexplained. I'm not stating "facts" because as any good follower of these things know--there aren't any concrete facts or else it would no longer be a myth. No, rather I'm thinking aloud and invite you to open your mind and share your thoughts as you see fit.
Today I'm thinking about mermaids and mermen. What if they're real?
As with most mythology, the mermen and mermaid myths began as pagan water deities. Mermen were seen as Gods and Mermaids as goddesses of the moon who controlled the ebb and flow of the tides. The belief in these gods and goddesses transcended through the rise of Christianity and the Age of Science.
But why? For centuries, sailors wrote of seeing mermaids guiding them away from dangerous reefs and through turbulent seas.
Poseidon and Neptune are depicted as half-man half-fish, with tritons being the offspring of the powerful sea god. Both Homer and Ovid wrote of Sirens and water-nymphs.
Modern day explorers have searched far and wide after reputed sightings of mermaids, most often in the South Pacific and Mediterranean Seas. Searched for but never found...but does that disprove their existence? I don't think it does.
I'm a big fan of Josh Gates. I followed his show Destination Truth and his most recent venture, Expedition Unknown. He and his team have searched for mermaids and come away with more questions than answers. In his show and many like it, one thing is always consistent--the proof that this world is vast and that despite our technological advances, there are many unexplored and remote areas of the world where new species are being discovered as I type these words. With those 'facts', how can anyone say for certain that mermaids are a product of a fanciful imagination? Why does the legend persist?
There are islands in the South Pacific--in modern times--where their fishermen who push off from shore in the simplest of boats swear they've seen mermaids and merman. What if they remain in these remote areas because they avoid the pollution generated by the masses here along the US coast? What if they prefer the quiet of remote islands and seas where they can exist without the noise of this modern world we've created in our arrogance of what is 'best'?
Sitting here in the modern world with all the perks of internet and easy access to anything we'd like, it's easy to believe we are above the ancient beliefs, that perhaps we know more than those who came before us. But do we? In many ways, we've become more ignorant, more distanced from nature, more alienated from the spirt world. Our arrogance is our blindness.
What if? Seriously...what if? Would we destroy them with our curiosity or out of fear? Would we let them be?
Someting to think about.