In legend and folklore, merfolk are creatures from the sea. They have the upper body of a human being and the tail of a fish. There are several kinds of merfolk, depending on their place of origin. Nowadays merfolk are usually described as beautiful creatures, though there are stories of monstrous ones. Some have webbed hands. Many tales of folklore tell about merfolk, especially mermaids, using beauty and song to lure people to their deaths.
Where do they come from?
Merpeople have been sighted and stories of them have been recorded near (Ancient) Greece, Britain, Schotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Poland, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Central Afrika, Southern Afrika, the Caribbean, North America, Brazil, Philippines, Java, Israel, Zimbabwe.
Where do they live?
Merfolk live in bodies of water. Oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, etc. They mostly live in natural bodies of water. Where exactly depends on where they come from. We will cover different types of merfolk in another post.
What items are associated with merfolk?
In art, mermaids are often shown with a mirror and a comb. They are also sometimes depicted playing a harp and blowing conch horns. Folklore says that these items are very special to a mermaid, and if you steal it they lose their free will. Men have hunted mermaids by trying to find their special items and forcing them into marriage. If the mermaid ever gets back her special item she will go back to the sea, sometimes abandoning both husband and children. There are some tales that tell of mermaids taking their children with them.
Are all tales of mermaids old?
The last known sighting was in Zimbabwe, in Februari in 2012. There still are sightings of merpeople, and many believers. One of the last ones I know about is of a couple of fresh water merpeople attacking people trying to cross the river they were living in.
Do all merfolk lure people to their deaths?
No. Not all merfolk care about human beings. Some of them hate or distrust us, others are fascinated and want to help us. There are even tales of merfolk being unable to not help someone in need, even if it means endangering themselves.
‘A Forum: Free All Afrikan POW’s: The Fight Against COINTELPRO’, May 19th Communist Organization, Chicago, 1978. Benefit for National Taskforce on COINTELPRO Litigation and Research featuring Afeni Shakur and Chokwe Lumumba.
Because it is DIRECTLY responsible for today’s current state of political apathy among Black youth. During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s even the most “non-political” Black teen played at least somerole in ORGANIZED political activity to advance the station and standing of Black people in America. Look at those Black protest photos closely; many of the people you see in them are teenagers.
If you weren’t inclined to support the NAACP you could join the Urban League. If not the UL, then perhaps CORE. If not CORE, then SNCC. If not SNCC then the BPP. If not the BPP then BLA. Or perhaps, like your parents, you were UNIA members. If not the UNIA then the NOI. Or the MST. Or the KOY. Or the SCLC. Or the RNA. Or the AIM. Or the Young Lords…
THE FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) disrupted destroyed or totally diluted ALL of the those pro-Black and pro-Brown political organizations, leaving a dearth of uncompromising dedicated field-tested Black leadership in their wake, which most of Black America generally and Black youth in particular suffer from today.
A lack of visionary uncompromising Black leadership. The lack of experience of working VOLUNTARILY with and for OTHER BLACK PEOPLE from different walks of life, on a cause bigger than ourselves and greater than a paycheck. The total foreignness of the concept of a Black unity independent of the politics of either the Democrat or Republican parties.
So many of the ORGANIZATIONS that Black people had created to help them combat white supremacy and Black disunity were destroyed by COINTELPRO.
what's the difference between africa and afrika, the way they are spelled? what's new afrika?
Afrika is sometimes spelled with a “K” because Afrikan linguists originally romanized the name of the continent that way. It’s a way of signalling that the oppressors do not get to decide how to name the oppressed.
New Afrika is a name for what is sometimes called the “Black Nation” within the borders of the united states, located in the majority-Black-population regions in the South. The name “New Afrika” emphasizes a focus on nationhood and national liberation as opposed to categories of race, and, as Sanyika Shakur of the New Afrikan Independence Movement puts it,
The reason We need to get past the usage of labels like “black” and “African American” is because they only serve to distort Our reality. These labels confuse and misdirect the colonialism of the u.s. into an “Everything’s better now” fog of narcolepsy. One way this is done is by calling our experience here, from 1619 to 1865, mere “slavery”. When, of course, it was much worse, more complex and binding that any slavery ever could be.
By saying our condition was mere “slavery” is an easy way out; it is to say “slavery was abolished in 1865 with the ratification of the 13th amendment”. Which then leads to the 14th amendment to make New Afrikans “citizens” – thereby violating Our human right to self-determination, but also liquidating the reality of our nation by incorporating Us into the Empire as “minority citizens” – as “Negroes”, “blacks”, “colored”, “African Americans”. As those who cannot govern themselves – whose productive forces are harnessed by the empire for its own interests. What they never want Us to overstand is that We are a nation inside the belly of the beast.
The article i linked above is worth reading in its entirety if you’d like to know more about these terminologies and spellings.
Not all Black people’s ideas about God come from white people. Not all Black people lack knowledge of self. Not all Black people lack vision. Not all Black people lack unity. Not all Black people believe in integration. Not all Black people accepted Jim Crow treatment. Not all Black people fear the KKK. Not all Black people fear the police. Not all Black people wait on white people to finally become just. Not all Black people worship the ghost of Martin Luther King, Jr.