A mermaid (Latin “mare” (sea) + maid(en)) is one of the most legendary aquatic creatures with the head and upper body of a human female and the tail of a fish. Various cultures have similar folklore figures. One of the first known mermaids was goddess Atargatis, the mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis. She fell in love with a shepherd and incidentally killed him in a fit of passion. Trying to quench her shame, she plunged into a lake with a wish to take the form of a fish. But the gods only half-granted her wish turning her into a mermaid.
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