Probably not many of you know that the mermaid is an ancient symbol of fertility and youth. It’s clear that there are early European drawings of many mermaid type figures along with many stories of fertility, sexuality and alchemy. The image of the mermaid was known as Melusine which in the early days was portrayed also as Eostre(Easter) in Northern European cultures. Many companies associate themselves with this “patron” – for example Starbucks Coffee. Many cities (including my home city of Warsaw) surround themselves with legends about the relationship between man and the mermaid/siren. The similarities to the pagan goddess Ishtar/Semiramis are shocking. Many times Melusine wears a crown as if she is a queen. Sometimes she is written as being the queen of rivers and streams. Ishtar was known as the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:17-25). The Babylonian Semiramis came down to earth after death, reincarnated as Ishtar landing inside of her golden egg in the RIVER (river, many times represents people/nation) Euphrates. Ishtar was known as a goddess of fertility and those who fell in love with her were usually lulled into a trap and killed. It’s the same with the mermaid and siren legends today.
In the biblical scriptures, YHVH (God) is angry with people, who worship the queen of heaven. If you read not only scriptures like Jeremiah but many other writings in the Tanakh (Old Testament), you will notice that idolatry towards any god (or in this case a goddess) is portrayed as doing evil in YHVH’s sight. Many nations replaced love for YHVH with the love for mermaids, obelisks, sun god statues, etc. Throughout history, people have placed pagan symbols that YHVH hates on their country flags, logos, and even on their bodies.
I know that this may seem like an exaggeration, but to finish this small post I’ll quote one my favorite teachers.
“People accuse me of making these things up. Yet they won’t do their own research for themselves. Instead they run to the nearest pastor or “Christian” apologetic website to reaffirm themselves before coming back to tell you how wrong and misguided you are. Christianity is so steeped in this culture that any pastor or ministry that admits the pagan origins of these things is doomed to the unemployment line and so its very hard for someone to see error when their wallet is depending on them NOT seeing the error. The same can be said about pride.” – Zachary Bauer