MYTHOLOGY MEME || Demi-Gods (¼) ↬Melusine
In European folklore, Melusine is a female spirit or fairy of rivers and lakes. Her legend seems to have originated in what are now Normandie and Bretagne in France and spread to Poitou and the Netherlands. In many stories about her, she said to have been cursed to take the form of a mermaid or a half-snake woman during certain situations.
She generally marries a human nobleman (known variously as Raimond or Siegfried) and has children with him, but often refuses to allow him to watch her bathing or refuses to attend church. In the former situation, her husband breaks her rule once and sees that Melusine has the tail of a fish or a snake. She is furious and turns into a dragon and flies away. In the latter version of the story, she is forced to attend church, but as soon as she sets foot inside, she turns into a snake, fish, or dragon and flies away. The latter version of the tale is probably the origin of the variant of her story that casts her as a daughter of the Devil.
Many European noble families during the Middle Ages claimed descent from her. They included the House of Lusignan, the House of Plantagenet, and the House of Luxembourg.