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Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World by Heidi Anne Heiner Online



Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World

  • Title: Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World
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  • ISBN : 9781463565541
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 828 pages


Appearing under many different guises, mermaids have a long, varied history dating back many centuries Our modern day perception of mermaids is primarily based upon the mermaids and merrows of northern Europe, especially Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the sirens of ancient Greece However, water spirits of some type exist in almost every culture situated ne Appearing under many different guises, mermaids have a long, varied history dating back many centuries Our modern day perception of mermaids is primarily based upon the mermaids and merrows of northern Europe, especially Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the sirens of ancient Greece However, water spirits of some type exist in almost every culture situated near bodies of water, be they oceans, lakes, rivers or even wells and springs This collection gathers together examples of the earliest scholarship on mermaids and their folkloric relatives, including several articles about their history from ancient times to the nineteenth century when mermaids captured the public and literary imagination during the folklore renaissance of the 1800s In addition to the articles, over 150 tales and ballads about mermaids and other water spirits from around the world are compiled into this one convenient anthology The emphasis is on the European mermaid in her many guises, but stories from Africa, Asia, and the Americas are also included Whether you are a mermaid enthusiast or a student of folklore, this anthology offers a diverse array of tales with a unifying theme that both entertains and educates, all gathered for the first time in one helpful collection


Author Heidi Anne Heiner

Heidi Anne Heiner is the creator and keeper of one of the world s top folklore websites, the SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages at




Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World Reviews (3)

  • Excellent collection. [..]

  • An enormous collection.If you ve read her other books, I must note that they are not mermaid fairy tales, though some do appear usually with the mermaid appearing in the ogre role but many bits of folklore and fancy and tales that are legends than fairy tales Some aren t tales at all but accounts o [..]

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