Approaching it for the purpose of taking it ashore, they observed it to move, when to their great surprise, it turned around in a sitting position and looked at them and disappeared. A few moments after [,] it appeared on the surface and again looked toward them, after which it disappeared altogether.
The face, head, shoulders and arms resembled those of a human being, but the lower extremities had the appearance of a fish. The back of its head was covered with long, dark hair resembling a horse's mane.
The arms were shaped like a human being's, except that the fingers of one hand were very long. The color of the skin was not unlike that of a human being. There is no doubt, that the mysterious stranger is what is known as a mermaid, and the first one ever seen in Cape Breton waters. This constitutes a fascinating area of investigation and is another witness to the universality of the mermaid phenomenon, a universality that is also reflected in the similarity of descriptions by Amerindians and Europeans, namely: a female upper body and some form of fishtail.
Moreover, the Simbis' words are enlightening and soothing. These two feminine figures symbolize the vital role played by women in advancing social justice. In heraldry, the human portion of the mermaid is depicted nude with well defined breasts and is usually shown combing her long hair while admiring herself in a mirror. The interest of these two creatures is that they are both looking in a mirror and combing their hair in the manner of the heraldic mermaid.
Again we are confronted with the universality of themes found in mythology.
Library and Archives Canada. In the same way, ability to swim like a fish represents the conquest of the seas. It is interesting that these wishes have all been surpassed by modern technology. Surely the flame of ancient dragons is no match for the fire power of modern war machines. Granting mermaids can give rise to situations of political correctness because of the exposed breasts. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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