A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. They 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.
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“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of g o o d and e v i l”. [Genesis 2:9]
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mythology alphabet: s - sisyphus [Σίσυφος]
Sinner condemned in Tartarus to an eternity of rolling a boulder uphill then watching it roll back down again. Sisyphus was founder and king of Corinth, or Ephyra as it was called in those days. He was notorious as the most cunning knave on earth. His greatest triumph came at the end of his life, when the god Hades came to claim him personally for the kingdom of the dead. Hades had brought along a pair of handcuffs, a comparative novelty, and Sisyphus expressed such an interest that Hades was persuaded to demonstrate their use - on himself. And so it came about that the high lord of the Underworld was kept locked up in a closet at Sisyphus’s house for many a day, a circumstance which put the great chain of being seriously out of whack. Nobody could die. A soldier might be chopped to bits in battle and still show up at camp for dinner. Finally Hades was released and Sisyphus was ordered summarily to report to the Underworld for his eternal assignment.
VALKYRIES, norse mythology — Valkyries are female spirits who are sent by the god Odin to choose those who shall live and those who shall die in battle. It is often said that if you see a Valkyrie before battle, you will die in battle. Half of those she chooses to die are brought to the afterlife hall of slain, Valhalla, where they would dwell with Odin and become Einherjar. The other half, however, will be sent to Freyja’s, the alleged chief of the Valkyrie, afterlife called Fólkvangr.
Though Valkyries are often seen as elegant, noble maidens, there are some legends that suggest Valkyries would abuse their power; using magic and going against Odin’s bidding to ensure that a person of choice would live or die. An example of this is Brynhild, who appears in a number of Valkyrie myths and legends. And though she was Odin’s favorite, when she disobeyed him Odin punished her by putting her in a magic sleep, surround by a ring of fire. Only a hero who was fearless enough to brave the flames would be able to wake her, legends say.
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Hel [Odin] cast into Niflheim, and gave to her power over nine worlds, to apportion all abodes among those that were sent to her: that is, men dead of sickness or of old age. She has great possessions there; her walls are exceeding high and her gates great. Her hall is called Sleet-Cold; her dish, Hunger; Famine is her knife; Idler, her thrall; Sloven, her maidservant; Pit of Stumbling, her threshold, by which one enters; Disease, her bed; Gleaming Bale, her bed-hangings. She is half blue-black and half flesh-color and very lowering and fierce. (Gylfaginning, from The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlson)