by Eric Whollem
mixed media digital art
Copyright by the artist
The Water Lotus
Mermaids are generally reckoned to be of two basic
categories: the Nereids, or mermaids of the salt sea; and
Naiads, or mermaids of fresh waters, such as lakes, springs,
wells, and rivers.
In India the lotus seat of the gods and goddesses are called
Pushpaka. The great Goddess Lakshmi was born on a lotus
in the Milk Ocean. Innumerable examples of lotus-born
divinities can be found in the arts of the Buddhists and Hindus.
Generally the Apsaras, the consorts of the Gandharvas of the
Mist, are considered the generic mermaids of Vedic lore. In
the Rig Veda the Land of Mist in the origins of the world was
inhabited by these beings. The Gandharvas are the celestial
Mythology, abstract art, clean water for the planet, metaphysical art; undines.