The alchemist Paracelsus s treatise A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits 1566 spawned the idea that the water elemental or water sprite could acquire an immortal soul through marriage with a human; this led to the writing of De la Motte Fouqué s novella Undine, and eventually to the most famous literary mermaid tale of all, Hans Christian Andersen s fairy tale, The Little Mermaid" 30.
Are mermaids real?
Home Ocean Facts Are mermaids real? Are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Statue of a sailor mermaid from Portsmouth, Virginia. Mermaids those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea are legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial.
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Another mermaid encounter once offered as a true story is described in Edward Snow's' Incredible" Mysteries and Legends of the Sea" A sea captain off the coast of Newfoundland described his 1614 encounter: Captain John Smith of Jamestown fame saw a mermaid swimming about with all possible grace.