Thursday, June 30, 2016

Allure of the Mermaid

Columnist Lyz Lenz and her young daughter both love mermaids. In an article found at Jezebel, Ms. Lenz explores the Eternal Allure of the Mermaid. The discussion quickly turns to a history of mermaids.

"The history of mermaids begins with the ancient Syrians, who worshiped the goddess Atergatis. The goddess of fertility, she was often depicted with a fish body, although the mythologies surrounding her describe her as anthropomorphic."

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The reader comments also contain a reference to the 1994 film, The Secret of Roan Inish. Worth checking out I would say, as it is also mentioned in the following article.

Vermont Mermaid School

Summer is here, and mermaid schools are back in the news. In this first of two related articles, writer Sarah Tuff Dunn shares her first experiences as a mermaid.

Ms. Dunn found her inner mermaid at The Selkie Mermaid School in Vermont, the first such school in New England.

"I was so enchanted by the fluidity and the fun that I found myself floating, sidestroking and undulating from one end of the pool to the other. I flashed through colorful hoops and floated on my back, feeling more and more at peace with the singular sensation of a fused fin."

For the full story, swim on over to Ms. Dunn's article at Seven Days Vermont.

France's Mermaid Schools

Mermaid schools are making their way around the globe. Julia Sardella, a French synchronized swimmer, has opened a school in France.

"Ms. Sardella said that about 500 people took her introductory courses at a hotel in Marseille, with some returning for more advanced instruction."

Read more in this article by Alissa J. Rubin at The New York Times.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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