Mermaid In African Culture

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History and Biology of African Mermaid History In the African continent, several cultural beliefs and norms are depending on the regions. In essence, the African culture portrays the mermaid idea in several ways. However, the African culture agrees on some features of the African mermaids. First, the African culture depicts the African mermaid as a female; hence it referred to it as a woman. Secondly, the siren has the power to intrigue, deceive and seduce the male beings. Thirdly, the mermaid can melt vengeance on humankind. Finally, the culture portrays the mermaid as an attractive and mystical being (Alexander, 2017). According to the African mythology, a mermaid is a beautiful woman with a fin-like tail and upper human body. The mermaid…show more content…
The upper part was a beautiful woman’s body with long black hair. The lower half was a fish body with a tail. In essence, the uppermost female body could talk and lure the humankind to drown themselves in the water bodies upon encounter with the mermaids. The lower fish body covered with the fins and a tail helped the African mermaid to move from one place to another in water. It also helped it drag their victims to the bottom end and make them disappear forever. All myths agree that mermaids were mysterious female creatures which could only live in water. In fact, they could not do any harm to the humanity when on land. Biologically, there is no proof that mermaids existed in the world. It beats logic that a human being can breathe while underwater. Since the African siren had a female upper body, presumably it had lungs. Even though it could swim in water using the fishtail, it could not breathe underwater using her lungs. Scientifically, African mermaids never existed and remain myths (Lofties,…show more content…
The Sydney gallows mermaid cannot even dare attack the male humanity. It enticed and seduced the male victims and lured them to drone themselves while pursuing them. While the African mermaid could kidnap and even attack humankind, the Sydney gallows mermaids could appear to the water surface and hope to attract the attention of the men, seduce them and lure them to jump into the water. In the end, the victim would drone and die. The African mermaid could at times attack women who crossed their paths. However, the Sydney gallows mermaid could only victimize men. Again the actions and intentions of the African siren were metaphysical as opposed to the Sydney gallows mermaids (Alexander,
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