Mermaids, Witches and Amazons

Mermaids And Sea-Cows

My Mermaid Theory

The official theory on mermaid myths and sighting is mermaids are simply sea cows, which sailors have mistaken for mermaids.

This theory suggests that sailors in the past were half-wits and idiots simply because a sea cow looks nothing like a woman with a fishtail. Also most myths and stories come from Europe where there are no sea cows.

Having studied mermaid legends and sightings of the past I have come to a completely different conclusion. What I have come to realise, is that mermaid are not mythical creatures or sea-cows but real life women. And surprisingly mermaids still exist even today in places like Japan, Korea and other South East Asia countries.

In Japan and Korea they are called Ama and haenyo divers. I have come to the conclusion that there were once similar divers in Europe, Africa, America and even Australia, and these were the mermaids of legend.

Japanese Ama Diver

Japanese Ama Diver foraging underwater for marine food
Japanese Ama Diver foraging underwater for marine food

The Wading Ape

Bonobo ape
Bonobo ape

The Aquatic Ape Theory

I have also written about the Aquatic Ape theory as advocated by Elaine Morgan. This theory explains why humans are so different from any other species of ape, simply because we were once a semi-aquatic ape.

The theory explains how we learnt to walk on two legs, to talk, to grow a larger brain than any other ape and why we lost our hair

What I have discovered is that the mermaid legend is a suppressed chapter of her-story, where many of the achievements of women have been written out of history. As I explain in my book/Blog (see below). As well as my other hub-pages about mermaids

Modern day mermaid using a swim-fin
Modern day mermaid using a swim-fin

The Origins Of Mermaid Myths

My theory also explains many other mysteries about mermaid tales, like the siren call. Where sailors are so hypnotised by the beautiful singing of mermaids, that they crash their ships onto rocks

Or stories of mermaids who grow legs when they come to land and grow a fish tail when they go back into the sea. Surprisingly there are logical explanations for these magical tales.


Mermaids And Witches

I also explain why mermaids and witches were the same people and why the Christian Church persecuted them

It seems that mermaids and witches were gathering people who continued to forage for food in swamps, lakes, rivers and on the seashore, while most other people had switched to farming.

This hadn't been a problem for thousands of years until farmers decided to drain the swamps and lakes, where the gathering people lived. This brought about the conflict between the two communities and ended with the witch-hunts, where the gathering people were wiped out

Breath-holding divers, (mermaids) probably continued up until the 19th century in remote places like Northern Scotland, the Orkney and Shetland islands.

Part One of a Seven Part Series

© 2008 William Bond

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Comments 22 comments

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BrainFire 8 years ago from The Island

Thank you for "Classing Up The Joint" here William...We need you here at hubpages, and I'm sure the whole crew welcomes you!

It's going to take me a while to read your links...but I will. :)

Thank you...(I'm actually saying...Yay!) lol

:)


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BrainFire 8 years ago from The Island

Strange...I posted a comment to your hub...and poof...it's gone

Thank you for all your efforts in educating the public. People need to experience this now. This is the start, of the new era. I'd say it's about time too.

:)


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Brainfire

Apparently Hub page got rid of it because i made a few mistacks building it. Which pissed me off, but i looked at it again and it reappeared so i just corrected the mistacks and hopefully it will be all right this time.

William


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

I am delighted to see you have got your first hub up at last, William!


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Thank you Steve for all the support and help you have given me in getting my hub up.

William


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very interesting research about mermaids and I hope you come back to share more after your book is published.


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Sweetiepie

At present the only way i get published is on the internet, either as a blog or with Lulu.com.

Yes, i am trying to write another book but I am willing to discuss anything about my book/blogs now if you like.

William


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

I do believe in mermaids too. I also don't think they are sea cows, manatees or the like and you are correct in that they look nothing like that---not even close. I would like to see the rest of your article about amazons and the like.

Do you have one about Dragons and other so called mythological creatures that I do believe exists too. There are way too many accounts from all over the world to be myths.

Sea monsters do exist and they now know it with the giant squid and if those exist so can other creatures they call myths or made up.


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Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

Hi William Bond - Great to see you here - look forward to reading more of your writing!


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Lady Guinevere

My mermaid blog is more than an article, it is now a whole book. It did start off as an article but as I learnt more and added to it, it end up as a whole book.

I have mentioned the dragon myths in my book, also the fact that mermaids were called "dragon wives" in China and refered to as amazons in Korea. But i also discuss the archeological finds of Amazons. As well as amazons in America.

From your name you seem to be into King Arthur. I do also write about Morgan Le Fay and the ladies of the lake, as they are also connected to Mermaid legends.

William


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Shalini Kaqal

Thank you for your message of support.

William


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

Wabond,

Yes I am into King Arthur and the Priestesses of Avalon. There is another lady on here that is too and you might want to join her fanclub if you haven't already. She left a message about it on my fanclub messages. I get typos so her name is mistyhorizon.


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Lady Guinevere

My views on King Arthur are a bit unconventional so i don't know what you or your friend Mistyhorizon might think of them.

I would be far more interested in Morgan le Fay and the ladies of the lake than the Knights of the round table. And i don't like the patriarchal interpretation that portrays Morgan Le Fay or Nimue as villains

I would also see Guinevere as the true ruler of Camelot, Arthur would simply be her champion whom she could dismiss at any time. This is why Guinevere was free to have Lancelot or any other man as her lover. (This behaviour was commonplace for Celtic queens before the Roman invasion,)

In other words, i am more interested in the matriarchal interpretation of the King Arthur stories than the patriarchal interpretation.

William


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

Well then we agree. When Rome conquered anything they replaced anything that was feminine with masculine. We are in for a true revolt until 2012. The femine can only be suppressed for so long and then --here we come! I would like to think it is more like The mists of Avalon in the accounts therein. It is prophesied that the feminie is to come back at this time. I believe I was in Camelot and an a true descendant of guine or there abouts. You may read my hub about why I chose her name and also the one I Heard.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

Interesting stuff, Wabond. I too am glad you fought through the initial obstacles and got your first hub up. I'll be honest with you, I really wanted to know more. I hope you'll be following this topic up in the future. I'm not familiar with the Ama Divers or Elain Morgan, and, given the enormity of my ever-growing "books to read" pile, it might be awhile before I can commit that particular topic to my deep reading time slots soon. But I've got time for some good hubs about it. :)

Anyway, glad you got the hub thing working, welcome to the neighborhood.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Do you know of any Polynesian mermaid stories. I am fascinated with the South Pacific, so if you know any stories about Polynesian mermaids I would be interested.


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Marian Swift 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I'm glad to finally get to see this Hub, and am looking forward to many more!

I've always been fascinated by ancient myth and archetypes, and how they shape the world even now.

And it's high time we moved from patriarchy to people-archy.

Welcome to Hup Pages!


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Lady Guinevere

I haven't read "The Mists of Avalon", i have heard about it but never got around doing it. I looked at your hub and agree with what you say except i think the roots of the Arthurian stories are pagan. They had to be Christianised to survive in the patriarchal age.

I haven't written a lot about king Arthur, though i did write a mystery play on the Holy Grail with the help of my friend Pamela Suffield. It is available at,-

http://williamabond.blogspot.com/2008/09/holy-gail...

I will have to look up your hub on how to make a hub-page.

William


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Shadesbreath

Elaine Morgan is on Youtube, you can see a series of 11 videos of her starting at.-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sd-EqXjYRts

There is another series on the Aquatic Ape theory starting at.-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VFsgtLxALac&feat...

There is a number of web -sites on the internet on Ama and haenyo divers most don't go into it too deeply but will give you an introduction to the subject.

Anyway thank you for your welcome i hope things now will work out a lot better than they started.

William


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Sweetiepie

I only came across one Polynesian mermaid story which i didn't include into my book, because it was a bit negative about mermaids. From what I remembered it was also a flood story, (The mermaids off course got the blame).

William


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wabond 8 years ago from England Author

Hi Marian Swift

Thank you for your goodwill.

To be truthful my interest is matriarchy. I personally think it is very difficult to create a society where the sexes are equal, except in the brief period in the changeover from patriarchy to matriarchy or visa-versa.

Likewise i am interested in ancient myths and architypes but only in relation to what they can tell us about the last matriarchal age.

William


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