Mélusine (French: [melyzin]) or Melusina is a figure of European folklore, a female spirit of fresh water in a holy well or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a lamia or a mermaid). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails, or both.
The siren was depicted as a half-woman and half-fish mermaid in the 9th century Berne Physiologus, as an early example, but continued to be illustrated with both bird-like parts (wings, clawed feet) and fish-like tail.
Sirens are creatures with a bird's body and a human head whereas a mermaid has the upper portion of a female and the lower body of a fish. These two characters are very famous in Greek mythology but among them, only mermaids exist in many other mythologies.
Kelpie. Kelpies is a rare form of Mermaid found in Scottland which can be found in a mixture of fresh and salt water. They are aquatic shapeshifters and can only look semi-human when in their mermaid form. Other than that they can transform themselves into hippo's or horses.
Mermaids are half fish, half women who live in the ocean and are typically harmless. Sirens are like evil mermaids. They come in different forms depending on the interpretation, but generally sirens are depicted in the form of a mermaid. Sirens are known for singing enchanting songs to lure sailors to their death.
a seductively beautiful or charming woman, especially one who beguiles men: a siren of the silver screen.
The main difference between sirens and mermaids is that sirens are usually depicted as evil temptress' that lure sailors to their deaths, while mermaids are usually depicted as peaceful, non-violent creatures that try to live their lives away from human interference.
Nerissa is a Northern mermaid and the mother of Zac and Mimmi. She has been described as the most powerful and strongest of all mermaids and has mastered spells that no other mermaid in the world has ever been able to accomplish.
reverse mermaid (plural reverse mermaids) (cryptozoology) A mythical creature, woman from the waist down, fish from the waist up.
Hybrids are a crossbreed of two distinct species, merfolk and humans. They live in isolation, in fear of their mixed bloodline being discovered by humans.
Sometimes a Siren will fall in love with a human. However, the land and sea are two different worlds. Tales of mermaids who tried to overcome this great divide usually end in sadness and heartbreak. Known examples are Princess Thetis, Pania of the Reef and Nympha.
The gods granted their prayer. In some versions Demeter turned them into birds to punish them for not guarding Persephone. In art the Sirens appeared first as birds with the heads of women and later as women, sometimes winged, with bird legs.
According to Irish folklore, the Glostic Sisters were a pair of wandering spirits. One was a Banshee, the other a Siren. Banshee requires the youth of mortals to sustain her strength. Siren is the only one who can provide it.
The mermaid goddess Atargatis was known to the Greeks, who called her Derketo. Her transformation and story may have influenced later Greek depictions of the Sirens as fish-tailed.
Often depicted as a queenly mermaid, Yemaya is considered the Ocean Mother Goddess in Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion practiced around the world. With anchored roots in the Yoruba religion, Yemaya was brought over to the New World by enslaved Africans as early as the 16th century.
Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently in Greek Mythology a “mermaid” with two tails is actually called a siren. A what? A siren.
Shape shifting is a common power for mermaids to have. In Celtic mythology there are creatures called selkies, who can transform from human to seal. They are considered to be a form of mermaid. There are also many myths that portray mermaids as having the power to become human.
But another, almost forgotten in modern society, is that of the Celtic merrow, who, legend has it, frolicked in the cold waters of the Celtic seas. Merrow (from the Irish Muruch) is a mermaid or merman, who needs a magical cap (cohuleen druith) in its possession in order to travel between deep water and dry land.
Halle Bailey as Ariel, a curious, adventurous, and headstrong mermaid princess and King Triton's youngest daughter who is fascinated with the human world.
Merman are seen as the enemy of mermaids, and merman would do anything to obtain power. Zac doesn't really have this typical merman behavior, but this chances when he falls into the moon pool, and becomes a merman.
The mermaid Lasirn is a powerful water spirit popular in the Caribbean Islands and parts of the Americas. Like European mermaids, and the African mermaid water spirit Mami Wata, Lasirn holds a mirror to admire herself and a comb for her long, straight hair.
King Triton. King Triton is the ruler of Atlantica who has white hair, a white beard, and a white mustache (in the prologue of prequel film he has auburn brown), husband of Queen Athena, the father of Ariel and her sisters and grandfather of Melody.
Weaknesses. Bronze dagger and victim's blood – The only way to kill a siren is to stab it with a bronze dagger dipped into the blood of someone it has infected. The death of a siren releases its victims from its hold. Mirrors – A siren's true face can be seen in a mirror.
Wilson suggests that later writers might have conflated Sirens with water nymphs like the Lorelei, a 19th-century poetic creation whose seductive songs lured men to their deaths along the Rhine River. The Sirens likely got consumed, too, by the explosion of seductive mermaid iconography during the same period.
In Greek mythology, the sirens live on an island called Anthemoessa, located between Circe's Island Aeaea and the rock of Scylla (Circe is the powerful witch/sorceress who held Odysseus and his men captive for a year in The Odyssey).