The Vampire-Mermaid is a scary creature in Creepy Folklore.
When one thinks of a mermaid you may visualize Ariel, from Disney’s 1989 movie version of the fairy tale called “The Little Mermaid.” One may also think of the late Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid.” Published on April 7 1837. These mermaids were benevolent and wished for a soul of their own.
In Sea lore this kind of mermaid would at times seduce a sailor of their choice, by singing an ancient seductive song. Her goal was to marry a human. Once the mermaid swam to shore she would transform into a woman sporting legs rather than wearing her usual fish tail.
On the other side of the fin so to speak, are Vampire-mermaids which are nasty sea spirits that exhibit similar behavior as Sirens.
Sirens, in the Greek myth, Homer’s Odyssey, sing an ancient song that seduce sailors to seek out their bewitching voices, their hypnotic voices led sailors to Davy Jones’ locker, having crashed their ships upon the rocks.
Other tales speak of a mermaid saving a sailor’s life if he happened to fall off a ship or was tossed off by a third party.
According to sea and mermaid lore, kind mermaids are amiable and help save many drowning folks, over several centuries. These mermaids have the gift of healing, while other mermaids are psychopomps, that assist the deceased spirits of the drowned to other dimensions.
However, the dark, malicious type of mermaid termed, “Vampire-mermaid,” hates people and is determined to destroy them.
Vampire-mermaids do not drain a person’s blood out of their body instead, they suck out one’s soul.
According to expert and one of my favorite authors Judika Illes , mentions in her book The encyclopedia of spirits: the ultimate guide to the magic of fairies, genies, demons, ghosts, gods, and goddesses. Note: ( A great book! Very informative, scary and fun I encourage everyone to purchase it). That the Vampire-mermaid is a very strategic hunter that outwardly appears gorgeous and provocative. She will act seductively towards her ignorant victim until she closes in for the kill and quickly drains the victim of his spirit.
Pretty Scary stuff! I’d say.
Vampire mermaids and mermaids; both types of mermaids desire a soul of their own. Both have opposite ways of obtaining it.
So be wary of crossing the path of a mermaid. She just might be a Vampire mermaid which could be deadly for you!
Picture of Vampire Mermaid Courtesy of MizuShin on DeviantArt
Sources & References:
Andersen, Hans Christian (2007-12-13). “The Little Mermaid”. IL: Gilead.
Walt Disney Studios, The Little Mermaid (film, 1989 Homer, Odyssey, book 12.
Illes, Judika (2009). The encyclopedia of spirits: the ultimate guide to the magic of fairies, genies, demons, ghosts, gods, and goddesses.
New York: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-135024-5. Briggs, K. M. (1976). An Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Boogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. Random House. ISBN 0-394-73467-X.