Mermaids have a rich (rather culturally diverse) folklore surrounding them. What do you envision when you hear the word “mermaid?” An illustrious beauty with long, flowing hair?
Well, consider some renditions from 19th century Japan.
These illustrations range from about 1805-1840.
Apparently, reports of mermaid encounters were quite common during this time period…though undoubtedly far less desirable than running into one of our own culturally appropriated versions of the creature.
Sharing these web addresses.
I have not had the time to visit all these sites. Perhaps one day I shall have the time to filter what I am sharing – until then I figure that it is acceptable to share the addresses – this is the 21st century.
The links may be out-of-date or non-functional.
No opinions, no judgements, no assurances, no feedback.
David Riche & Anna Franklin 2004 Search Press Ltd., Kent, UK
ISBN – 1-84448-009-7