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What is a Mermaid?
A: In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.

Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including what?
A: Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as what?
A: Floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings.

In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same traditions), they can be what?
A: Benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

The male equivalent of the mermaid is what?
A: The merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry.


Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to what?
A: Co-exist with their female counterparts.

The male and the female collectively are sometimes referred to what?
A: Merfolk or merpeople.

The Western concept of mermaids as beautiful, seductive singers may have been influenced by what?
A: The Sirens of Greek mythology.

The sirens were originally half-birdlike but came to be pictured as what?
A: Half-fishlike in the Christian era.

Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been what?
A: Sightings of manatees or similar aquatic mammals.


There is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, however reports of mermaid sightings continue to when?
A: The present day.

Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in what?
A:  Hans Christian Andersen's literary fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836).

They have subsequently been depicted in what?
A: Operas, paintings, books, comics, animation, and live-action films.

The English word "mermaid" is not very old, with the earliest attestation in what?
A: Middle English (Chaucer, Nun's Priest's Tale, c. 1390).

The compound word is formed from what?
A:  "mere" (sea), and "maid".


When did the siren of Ancient Greek mythology becoame conflated with mermaids?
A: During the medieval period.

In the early Greek period, the sirens were conceived of as what?
A: Human-headed birds, but by the classical period, the Greeks sporadically depicted the siren as part fish in art.

The siren's part-fish appearance became increasingly popular during what?
A: The Middle Ages.

The traits of the classical sirens, such as using their beautiful song as a lure as told by Homer, has often been what?
A: Transferred to mermaids.

Depictions of entities with the upper bodies of humans and the tails of fish appear in Mesopotamian what?
A: Artwork from the Old Babylonian Period onwards, on cylinder seals.


In the 2nd century AD, Lucian described seeing a Phoenician statue of Derceto with what?
A: The upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.

The Norman chapel in Durham Castle, built around 1078, has what is probably what?
A: The earliest surviving artistic depiction of a mermaid in England.

It can be seen on a south-facing capital above what?
A: One of the original Norman stone pillars.



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