How did mermaids become as a creature, what origin do they have, and deep down do they represent something evil? Now I think I have a more solid foundation of an answer that probably is hardly ever asked or even thought of.
To help give understanding of my thoughts on this and how I discovered to what I believe is the answer that God has directed me to, it starts with a video game quite some years back in my life. I use to enjoy being the gamer of just playing almost any game out there and the ratings never would be something to consider but thank the Lord that has changed for the better. The game that started all this off was a game titled Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth which is a graphic horror game that I strongly encourage not to play and very much not Christ-like. To vaguely summarize the game, the character played is a detective that arrives in a dark coastal town doing an investigation of unusual events while solving puzzles. The title of the game is pretty much referring to summoning Cthulhu; Cthulhu is being a deep-sea, underwater god having the head of an octopus (with tentacles), body of a man, and in some instances is portrayed having wings. This creature was created from H.P. Lovecraft in a short story called Call of Cthulhu.
In the story of the game, the investigations revolve around a mysterious cult called The Esoteric Order of Dagon. The members of this order worship Dagon. So enough about the game, while looking through my bible trying to find a verse, I came across the event where Samson has his one last feat of destroying a very evil structure (the House of Dagon) along with all the evil people.
Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. [Judg. 16:23 KJV]
Also for more on the telling of this place 1 Samuel chapter 5 provides more detail along with what happened to this idol when the ark of the covenant was placed near it. One other reference is found in 1 Chronicles 10:10 as well.
For the Philistines, Dagon was their fish god who also represented fertility. The root word “dag-” means fish. So let us look at the way they pictured this god/idol.
Does this depiction look pretty much like what are now known as mer-people? When I seen this that is exactly what I thought. If you read 1 Samuel chapter 5 you can see that God was displeased with this idol because it ends up destroyed and bowing to the true God. To continue, the mixture of half-fish and half man is said to represent fertility and the energized “powers” of nature and reproduction. Lets look at another image showing of the priest of Dagon’s attire.
I will go one other step but without going into study of the matter but look how this is similar with a more modern version found as the Mitre hat.
Now, before moving on, for those who know their bible history may recognize the beard of this idol which can be found underlying to Nimrod. For those who do not know much about Nimrod, he is mostly known for his rebellion at the Tower of Babel. There is a huge study behind Nimrod and below is many names that relates to him.
Now, to continue about the subject of mermaids, we have found nothing in favor of God so far. To recap, the god/idol is half beast and half man where the man is that of Nimrod. Nimrod is known for being worshipped and going against God’s will creating the Tower of Babel. So what else is there? Many would say that we do not worship mermaids or anything of the sort. If you turn to etymology, it can be simplified more. Looking in the 14th century, mermayde literally means “maid of the sea” where mere means “sea or lake” and obviously then the word maid. The old-English equivalent is merewif which means “water-witch”. The tail-less version is from the medieval influence from the classical sirens which can be recognized in the famous mythological story the Odyssey where they lured sailors to destruction by use of their singing. Sirens are also from the 14th century and can be known as sea nymphs. To go on, nymphs are spirits that are in the shape of a young woman who may live in the mountains, forests, meadows, and water. Any spirit that is there to use deception and destruction is not of God. By now the answer should be clear.
Study tools I used:
- https://www.biblegateway.com/ (KJV)