Bestiary (27): Amermaidis a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of afish.Mermaids appear in thefolkloreof many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancientAssyria, in which the goddessAtargatistransformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
Mermaids are associated with the mythological Greek sirens.