Tales of mermaids date back to the first written accounts of humanity, but how much do we know about the mythical sea creatures?
The mermaids of Greek and Roman mythology are considerably close to the appearance and character of the European myths we think about today.
Many ancient Greek myths equate sirens with mermaids. However, while they share many characteristics, they are now seen as two different entities.
Often translated as "mermaid," the Rusalki are water nymphs of Slavic mythology.
While initially regarded as benevolent spirits of fertility and agriculture, Rusalki gained a more sinister description in the 1800s. They were believed to be the ghosts of women who died violent deaths by drowning. In their anger and sorrow, the Rusalki now lured men and children to their watery graves.
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