by Eric Whollem
Copyright by the artist.
The Seamaids and Mermen
THE BLUE SKINNED DEITIES
Hindu and Buddhist divinities are often depicted with
blue skin. Asiatic religious iconography would not be
complete without it's waterlotuses. The Pushpaka, or
lotus seat, is the lotus from which many a god or goddess
is said to have been born.
The crown chakra, said to be the highest spiritual center,
is called Sahasrara. Sahasrara is the thousand petalled
The mermaid in the art above is opening the crown chakra
of the merman, awakening his spiritual powers.
The Mergods and Mergoddesses
Are mermaids and mermen gods or goddesses? The
lore of the ancient world is filled with stories of oceanic
or freshwater divinities.
In Greece, for example, the divinities are all said to be
the children of Oceanos, the Ocean.
The Incas were said to be among the Foam-Born,
the Viracochas, said to be dolphin spirits born of Lake
Titicaca, a lake that though high in the Andes, still has
salt water and seahorses like the sea.
King Ler, the Sea King, was chief of old Irish Gods.
Queen Aebh, pronounced "eev," was his bride.
The Rainbow Serpent, Aquatic God of the Salt Sea
The Australian Aborigines worship the Rainbow Snake as
Kunmanngur. The sound of the djeridu is the sound of the
ocean waves, crashing on the shore. His male children were
made stones and set near springs inland, while the daughters
of Rainbow Serpent remain in the salt sea. Such spirits are
called Ngarit-Ngarit, recalling the Nagas, or seaserpent
demigods of India. Fish and seaweed are created by the
The inland Aborigines place the Rainbow Snake at pools
in the desert, and symbolize him as a spiral.
Marija Gimbutas speaks of the spiral as an ancient symbol
of water in Eastern Europe. The association is to water
Readers interested in more of my posts on Mermaids should see:
I have a large number of posts on Fairies for those interested:
Those whose interest is Mythology might enjoy:
My complete online GALLERY of figurative and geometric Abstract Art can be found here:
My posts on Aborigines can be found on this link:
If interested in the subject of Goddesses see:
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