Mermaids are elegant, graceful, mysterious, and magical. The majesty of mermaids have fascinated humankind for millenia. From the ancient Greek sea-nymphs, Hans Christen Andersen’s “Little Mermaid,” Disney’s Ariel, to Mako Mermaids, the concept of half-human, half-fish folklore still enchants us to this day.
The great appeal of Mermaids could be dated back to Homer’s Odyssey and the Sirens, but this is a mistake. The Sirens were bird-like land-living creatures who used their supernatural voices to lure sailors for food. While the perception of Mermaids changes dependent upon time-era and culture, the lure of their exotic existence persists because of the still vastly unexplored regions of our ocean.
We find the folklore of Mermaids entrancing, as we do all hybrid creatures, because of their knowledge of the deep unknown, because of their malleability, because we imagine they perceive our world the way a child does: with wonder.
I was only a child when Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” came out in theaters, but I immediately found a place and purpose. I wanted to be a Mermaid; I wanted their beauty and ability to pierce through water. As an adult, who teaches mythology, I understand the anthropological and deep-nested root of the human fascination of the unknown, but it has only added to my great love of Mermaids.
We now view Mermaids as part of the great aesthetic, and so we perpetuate the folklore because, as Arthur Cayley stated, “Beauty can be perceive
d but not explained.”
To honor the great beauty of Mermaids, and my inner child who still wishes to have fins, Candle Moments has created the Mermaid Candle,
which creates the mystery of Mermaid fins floating within, and the Mermaid Soap. Both scented with Jasmine and Lavender, flowers of the spirit, and our imaginings of the magic in Mermaids.