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What is a mermaid and what do they symbolize?

Tales of mermaids date back to the first written accounts of humanity, but how much do we know about the mythical sea creatures?

So, what is a mermaid? A mermaid is a mythical sea-dwelling creature, often described as having the head and body of a woman and a fish’s tail below the waist.

Stories of mermaids have existed for thousands of years and span cultures across the world – from coastal settlements in Ireland to the landlocked Karoo desert in South Africa. The English word mermaid is a compound of “mere” (Old English for sea) and “maid” (a girl or young woman). Read more >

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