The Beautiful and Perilous Mermaids

mermaid

In ancient Assyria, the goddess Atargatis,
from shame, transformed herself into a mermaid.
She had accidentally killed her human lover.

Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events –
floods, storms, shipwrecks, drownings, and broken hearts.

mermaid

A Mermaid, 1900, by John William Waterhouse

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