The human fascination with mermaids dates back to the beginnings of civilization. Needless to say, our way of life has evolved many times since then, but something remains unchanged: mermaids still captivate us and reign supreme in the ocean of our collective imagination. Here are three reasons that explain this unique phenomenon.
Mermaids Are Symbols of Water
We humans have a primal connection with water. We understand at an almost instinctual level that water is life and we can’t help but revere its qualities and its power. Mermaids are aquatic symbols, which in part explains their pull on our imagination. Like water, they are fluid, ever-changing, and deeply mysterious. They embody the allure of water and its power to both sustain life and take us to distant, fascinating places.
Mermaids Embody Beauty
Mermaids also respond to our transcendental longing for beauty and mystery. It’s no coincidence that our quest for beauty is as ancient as our fascination with water and aquatic beings. From Roman architecture to Aztec art, history seems to demonstrate that civilizations need two things to survive: water and means to create beauty. By symbolizing these two fundamental aspects of human nature, mermaids have been able to hold our attention for thousands of years.
Mermaids Are the Unity of Opposites
Finally, mermaids captivate us because they represent the unity of opposites, an idea that has always fascinated the human mind. Mermaids are neither human nor animal. They are aquatic, but also able to visit us on land. They blend human intelligence with animal traits and otherworldly knowledge. They stimulate our intelligence by forcing us to question their existence but also satisfy our thirst for myth and mystery. By addressing the full spectrum of the human experience, mermaids offer a strange form of fulfillment that few figures (legendary or not) can match.
Why Do Mermaids Captivate You?
The three reasons we explored here are universal. But what about you? Why do mermaids captivate you? Did your fascination begin in childhood or did you adopt it later? We’d love to know more about your mermaid stories! Feel free to contact us by email, phone, or through our social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
As for us, it’s no secret that we love mermaids at Sedna Inspirations. That’s why we created our Mermaids hat collection, a series of hats with a graceful mermaid design on the front and an inspiring word of mermaid wisdom on the back. Shop online and get yours now!