MERMAIDS – REAL OR FAKE?
As being been in a folklore of many cultures worldwide, a mermaid has been known as a legendary aquatic creature that shows the upper body of female human and the tail of a fish. This folklore includes the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The initial stories were happened in ancient Assyria, that is, the goddess Atargatis had changed herself to a mermaid out of infamy and accidently had killed her human lover. Now and then, mermaids are connected to perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drowning. In some other folk traditions, mermaid may be generous or benevolent, giving advantages or falling in love with humans. Note that Christopher Columbus affirmed seeing mermaids while he was explored the Caribbean, and findings were reported in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel and Zimbabwe. However, the U.S. National Ocean Service asserted in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found.