One morning I opened my Netflix (email) notification and there was a new show alert – “Nappily Ever After” and I thought to myself, there they go again, racially profiling me :-). It took several weeks before I succumb to the pressure and watched the movie. It was OK, kinda predictable – but there was a song in the movie that I just had to Google, It’s called “Black Mermaid“. I found out that the song was done by song writer Jenny-Bea Englishman, AKA Esthero. This almost 10 year old song spoke to me. Why? Because it spoke of a lady that was a little different, like me, but lovable. And if you look beyond the surface, I too have a lot to offer – ’cause “I am a black mermaid from the bottom of the sea…”
That night after watching the movie, I dreamt of mermaids, actually, mermaids invaded my dreams over the next 3 nights. The common theme in my mermaid dreams was unity, beauty and vibrant colors.
Some nights one or more of my curly haired nieces would be show up in my dreams as a mermaid. Gotta tell you, I was excited to go to bed at nights so that I could see what the mermaids were up to. But alas, my recurring mermaid dreams stopped 🙁 So, I continued the adventure on my digital canvas.
I was curious about the origin of these fabled creatures so I did a little research. Here is what Wikkipedia had to say about mermaids:
In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings 😯 . In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.
Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals . While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.
Random info. Jamaica and Australia Google ‘mermaid’ more than every other country.
In Jamaica Mermaids are sometimes called River Mumma – they live in deep rivers, way down in those places where the water is tranquil, still and achingly blue, in spots beneath the shade of cotton trees, rimmed with plumes and spears of palms and overhung with ferns and ropes and vines of plants – according to River Mumma and the Golden Table (A Jamaican Folktale)
According to my research, the full moon makes a mermaid moon struck, that means she has no control over herself, she is not even aware. But in my dreams, they gazed at the moon every chance they get – cause full moons are awesome 😛