🌊 Types of Mermaids ðŸŒŠ

please be respectful of cultural boundaries when working with mermaids from various cultures and traditions, and be mindful not to intrude.

🌊 Rusalkas - slavic in origin, disturbed spirits of the “unclean dead”, ghosts of women who died violent deaths, with a penchant for drowning young men. they live only in rivers and lakes, and are known to have green hair like aquatic plants, only appearing in the night. 

🌊 Melusina - a mermaid that walks among humans, but returns to their two-tailed form during baths and when they bathe their children. often a water spirit of a nearby lake or river. french origin. 

🌊 Siren - greek mythology. servants and companions of persephone, whom searched for her when she was abducted. they are known to sometimes have the body of a bird, and for their song, which lured sailors to their doom. cannibalism implied folklore. have the power of prophecy. 

🌊 Merrow - irish mermaid. known to have green hair and webbed fingers. particular noted love of music and their red cap, which when stolen, they will live with the thief until they find it, and then return to the water, leaving even a whole family behind. 

🌊 Ben-varrey - from the isle of man, known to bless those that are kind to them with prosperity, gifts, and even the location of treasure. 

🌊 Aicaya -  Caribbean mermaid, humans who become mermaids when they are shunned from their community and go to live in the sea. 

🌊 Amabie - japanese merpeople, with birdlike torsos and three legs and scales. they are gifted with prophecy, usually foretelling abundant harvests or epidemics 

🌊 Ningyo - “human faced fish” known to have golden scales, that brings bad weather and misfortune when caught, but when their flesh is eaten the consumer is granted youth and beauty, even agelessness. 

🌊 Finman / Finwife - magical shapeshifters that disguise themselves as sea creatures or plants to lure humans, unlike most mermaids they kidnap people from the shores to be their spouses or servants. they have a greed for jewelry and coins, particularly silver, and prefer humans over other finfolk. 

🌊 Sirena Chilota - considered the more friendly mermaids, caring for all fish life and rescuing drowned sailors to restore life to them. known for their human-like beauty and youth, according to legend they are the child of a human and a “king of seas”, tears are a powerful substance. from chilote mythology. 

🌊 Cecealia - sometimes known as “sea witches”, they are half human and half octopus. origins in native american and japanese mythology. 

🌊 Sirena / Siyokoy - the philippine version of mermaid and merman respectively. also called “magindara”, they are known to protect the waters from raiders, and protect the boy moon from sea monsters. Siyokoys can sometimes have legs however, covered with scales and webbed feet

🌊 Sea Mither - scottish/orcadian mythology, a spirit that personifies the sea during spring and summer, battles along scottish isles using storms to bring the summer about. a mother figure to all aquatic life. 

🌊 Ceasg - a fresh-water mermaid, specifically half-salmon, said to grant three wishes if captured. sometimes called maighdean na tuinne (maid of the wave) or maighdean mhara (maid of the sea). scottish. 

🌊 Selkie - though somewhat different from the typical mermaid, as they are not cold-blooded, have the body of a seal in the water and are human on land. in legends their skins are often stolen and they are kept by fishermen as spouses, or become lovers to fishermen’s wives who shed tears into the sea.  

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  • Jimin as Ningyo

Ningyo (人魚,often translated as “mermaid”) is a fish-like creature from Japanese folklore.Anciently, it was described with  shining golden scales, and a quiet voice like a skylark or a flute. Its flesh is pleasant-tasting, and anyone who eats it will attain remarkable longevity. However, catching a ningyo was believed to bring storms and misfortune, so fishermen who caught these creatures were said to throw them back into the sea. A ningyo washed onto the beach was an omen of war or calamity.

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Mermaids are known as ningyo in Japanese, but they are very different from the mermaids of Western tradition. Ningyo more closely resemble fish than humans, with a varying level of human-like features, ranging from just an ugly, deformed fish-like face, to an entire human torso with long, bony fingers and sharp claws. They can range in size from the size of a human child to the size of a large seal. Unlike the mermaids of the Atlantic and Mediterranean legends, ningyo from the Pacific and the Sea of Japan are hideous to behold, resembling more of an otherworldly nightmare than a seductive siren.

Mermaids resembling the breeds known throughout the West – with an attractive human torso and a piscine lower body – are not unheard of in the Japanese islands. Particularly since the end of the Edo period and the opening of Japan to the West, more and more Western-style Atlantic mermaids have been seen in Japanese waters. However, the most common Japanese mermaid is more beast than beauty.

Ningyo sightings go back to the earliest written histories of Japan. The first recorded mermaid sightings in Japan are found in the Nihon Shoki, one of the oldest books of classical Japanese history, dating back to 619 CE. The flesh of a ningyo is believed to grant eternal life and youth to those who eat it, and thus it is the subject of many folk tales. However, it carries with it a danger that most people are not willing to risk. Ningyo can place a powerful curse on humans who try to wound or capture them, and some legends tell of entire towns that were swallowed by earthquakes or tidal waves after a foolish fisherman brought home a ningyo in one of his catches. While their grotesque appearance and supernatural powers make them an intriguing subject, they are best avoided at all costs.

anonymous asked:

Can I ask you to give examples of myths like objects/food that gives you Immortality? Fountain of Youth or Holy Grail are two examples I can think of. I'm writing a story of someone who gains immortality, never dying or aging (whatever is closest, I believe Fountain of Youth you never age but can still be hurt and die). I am definitely leaning towards non-West myths, no Greek or Norse but the rest are good. Thank you so much for the work you all do :)

Originally posted by fallenfay-l-h

Hi nonny! You’ve actually got several options for this. Because people have always been fascinated by the idea of immortality.

In Chinese mythology the peaches of immortality were grown in the garden of the Heavenly Queen Mother. If eaten they would grant one 3,000 years of health and youth and the gods held a banquet every 500 years to celebrate and feast on them. The peaches themselves took ages to grow: it took one thousand years for the trees to bloom and then the fruit would only ripen after 3000, 6000, and 9000 years. This is why representations of peaches are so ubiquitous in China. You can see them in paintings, sculptures, altarpieces, housewares, and clothing. They are symbols of health and longevity and people will often eat peach shaped dumplings on their birthday. 

Soma could fit the bill for your request but keep in mind that it’s an intrinsic component of Hindu mythology and it’s complex. Soma is, in Hindu tradition, simultaneously a plant, a drink of bravery, inspiration and health made from that plant, the drink of the gods, the force that flows through all living things in blood and sap, the bridge between gods and mortals, the divine cure for all evil, the home of the honored and venerated dead, and the god of the moon (which in Vedic scripture is the cup of the gods, constantly being drained and self-regenerating). Hinduism doesn’t distinguish much between any of these aspects. Although it is interesting to note that Soma is actually a drink that existed, although there is significant debate about what plant/s it was made from. Poets were well known to gain incredible inspiration from it and warriors would consume it in battle to grant them bravery. It was absolutely a powerful hallucinogenic and appears in Persian and Zoroastrian mythology as well.

In Japanese folklore, one could gain immortality by eating the flesh of a mermaid (ningyo, literally: human-fish), although this was typically seen by the receiver as a curse in the end, as they would retain their youth while all their loved ones died. There is a story of a fisherman who caught a fish like he had never seen before and decided to invite all of his friends to taste it. When they arrived however, one happened to look in the kitchen and saw that the fish had a human face. He warned all the other guests not to eat it so when the time came, they secretly wrapped their portions in paper and hid them under their clothes to throw away on their way home. One man however, was drunk and forgot to do so. When he arrived home his young daughter demanded a present and he carelessly gave her the fish.  Suddenly remembering his friend’s warning, he tried to stop her but he was too late and she ate all of it. He was afraid she would be poisoned but she seemed to have suffered no ill effects so he soon forgot all about it. Eventually the girl grew up into a lovely young woman and married. But it soon became obvious that while her husband aged, she did not, and it was only a matter of time before he and all her other friends and family died, leaving her alone and very unhappy. Eventually, in her despair, she decided to shave her head and become a wandering nun, and after 800 years the Buddha finally took pity on her and allowed her to die. It’s noteworthy here that ningyo don’t resemble their European cousins much, they’re often described as a fish with a human face or the upper half of a monkey.

I hope this helped!


Yokai: Ningyo

These are Ancient Japan’s version of merfolk, well at least a variation of it. They range from the beastly and demonic, to strange and other-worldly. Eating their flesh grants agelessness and immortality, but they can be difficult to catch. Failed attempts would let it place a curse upon the would-be captors. Usually in a form of great natural disasters. In short, there will be no, “the one that got away,” stories if this creature gets away.

Eyewitness accounts tend to vary, and stories about Yokai encounters tend to be delivered by word of mouth, so like a game of telephone, there will be some variations per telling, and that’s why it’s awesome! I love different artist interpretations of monsters! There are good ones and superficial ones, but who am I to judge, there’s a fan for every type of art style. Just be sincere about your work, ok?