The allure and mystery of mermaids has taken hold of our psyche for ages. From the Irish merrows who come on land to search for human husbands to the fake Fiji Mermaid made popular by P.T Barnum, these sea maidens (and sometimes men) can be found in folklore and mythology from every tradition in the world. Inside this captivating collection, complete with beautiful illustrations throughout, you'll discover the myths surrounding these enigmatic beings, explore the common symbols associated with them, and learn tales of merfolk from around the world. Dive into Mermaids and get swept away!
Are mermaids compassionate beings waiting to save drowning sailors or vindictive creatures hoping to lure people to their deaths? The answer depends on the lore, which is vast and varied. Through the centuries, people around the world have reported seeing real mermaids on rocks or bobbing in the sea. Even in the 21st century, people are drawn to the mystery of the mermaid. Readers, too, will find the many mermaid stories and hoaxes in this engaging book entertaining as well as educational. Folklore is a unique and entertaining window into studies of world culture.
Thirty beautifully depicted mermaids -- and a few mermen! -- represent myths and folktales from a wide variety of cultures. Brief captions introduce the stories behind the pictures. Contains mature content.
For centuries people have used mythology to describe and explain many great events of human experience. The 40 spellbinding stained glass panels in this collection illustrate the legends of love, adventure, exploration, and conquest. They examine the folklore of the Mermaid, of chivalrous Knights, dancing Maidens, Kings on horseback, consorts, musicians, lovers and so much more. Descriptive text accompanies each design providing a fascinating insight into the artist's challenge and offers solutions with hints and tips for glass selection and project strategy. Every project includes the pattern line drawing. 24 projects are shown fabricated with a colour photograph while the remaining 16 are rendered as a textured line drawing with colour suggestions. Plus two designs are provided as full-size patterns printed on a bonus pullout page in the back of the book. The author presents an overview of how she turns an oil painting into a stained glass design, plus detailed instructions on how to enlarge a pattern drawing.
The mystical element of water is associated with both life and death, as a herald of hope and a harbinger of destruction. Who better, then, to ask for guidance and inspiration than the spirits of water themselves, the Water Fae? This unique oracle deck collects the wisdom and insight from mermaids, sprites, nymphs, and more to help us comprehend and embrace the dual nature of water.
Tales of mysterious and alluring mermaids have been told for thousands of years. Are they all just myths and legends, or could some of these stories be true? Using scientific method to evaluate the evidence, this book attempts to find out!
Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea
Author: Ventura, Varla
Pubpsher: Weiser Books
From Homer's Odyssey to Pirates of the Caribbean, Mermaids have fascinated popular culture for centuries. Among the Mermaids is an enchanting collection of classic stories, facts, and tales of mermaids from around the world that will thrill every lover of this romanticized mythological creature. Compiled by Book of the Bizarre author and Magical Creature devotee Varla Ventura, Among the Mermaids includes turn of the century tales of merfolk from Bret Harte, T. Crofton Croker, and W.B. Yeats, along with tantalizing trivia, facts, first-hand accounts, and speculations about mermaids in popular culture. Some facts about the fluid and the fair from the book: Many people believe today that early explorer sightings of mermaids were manatees. (Scurvy + many days away from your lady = a blubbery creature looking supple and bodacious.)Blackbeard, the fierce and terrible pirate, was afraid of his crew being lured into a watery grave by mermaids, so he ordered his ships to avoid certain areas reputed to have a high number of mermaid sightings.Since 2009, the town of Kiryat Yam, Israel has offered a prize of $1 million dollars to anyone who can prove the mermaid off their coast is real. The prize remains unclaimed.
Not all mermaids look like the ones seen in movies. This stimulating book will show readers how to draw different styles of mermaids, including cartoon and manga, and teach them about the roles mermaids play in mythology. Step-by-step instructions teach young artists to draw these mysterious creatures by using simple lines and shapes, while colorful illustrations help them visualize their final product. Lessons range from simple to more elaborate, so artists of all levels can enjoy the fun projects in this book.
Books in the Magic, Myth, and Mystery series explore those strange creatures that go bump in the night, fill our dreams (or nightmares!), and make us afraid of the dark. In Mermaids you'll learn more about these whimsical creatures. Written with a high interest level to appeal to a more mature audience and a lower level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. Considerate text includes tons of fascinating information and wild facts that will hold the readers' interest, allowing for successful mastery and comprehension. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance comprehension.