Sunday, January 31, 2010

Amphitrite

In Greek mythology Amphitrite was the consort of Poseidon and the goddess of the sea. She was the daughter of Nereus and Doris and is the personification of the sea itself. Her children are seals, dolphins and her son with Poseidon, Triton. Before Poseidon was designated god of the sea by Zeus, Amphitrite and the fifty Nereids ruled it, with their servants the Tritons. In order to win her hand Poseidon chased her all over the sea. Amphitrite however had vowed to live a life of virginity and so fled on a giant tidal wave (which in some stories sank Atlantis.) Seeing he couldn't win her alone he had the King of the Dolphins go to her and persuade her to marry him. When she consented, the dolphin was rewarded by being placed in the sky as the constellation Delphinus. Despite his persistence in marrying Amphitrite, Poseidon found time and the audacity to have many love affairs with other goddesses, nymphs and mortal women which made Amphitrite very unhappy. She was especially upset by his infatuation with Scylla. By throwing magical herbs into Scylla's bathing pool, Amphitrite changed her rival into a barking monster with six heads and twelve feet. Scylla went on to hang out with fellow monster Charybdis and hassle Odysseus on his way home in The Odyssey.

The sailors of ancient Greece prayed to Amphitrite, who was considered kind and charming, to calm angry seas. Amphitrite's Roman equivalent was Salacia, whose name means "the salty one."  Amphitrite was frequently represented in ancient works of art; her figure resembled that of Aphrodite, but she was usually distinguished from her by a sort of net which kept her hair together, and by the claws of a crab on her forehead. She was sometimes represented as riding on marine animals, and sometimes as drawn by them.
Find out more about Amphitrite here http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Amphitrite.html

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pool of Amphitrite

At the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York there is a pool called the Amphitrite Pool which contains a statue of her. When First Classmen are taking their Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer License Examinations, it is considered good luck if they bounce a coin off Amphitrite into a seashell at her feet.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea

Sedna was the princess of an Inuit tribe and she was very haughty. Her father kept trying to get her to marry but she refused even the best men of the neighboring tribes. One day a fine handsome fellow, bedecked in riches and furs, came to  Sedna and asked to marry her.  She was wowed by the man's riches and also his promises to take her far away where she would bask in lavish splendor. She readily agreed and they were married immediately. When it came time to leave Sedna took nothing of her own with her to the kayak. She believed that she would have such finery that she wouldnt' need any of her old crap. When they arrived at his home she was sorely disapointed. It was an empty island and her husband was a creepy birdman. During the day he would fly off, only returning at night with a raw fish for his wife. She was understandably miserable.
She begged the birdman, her husband, pleading with him that she could be happy if only she could see her father once more. The birdman finally relented and fetched her father to her on the island. When her husband left she broke down telling her father of the horrors she had to endure and begged him to save her.  He said to her "This is what comes of your pride," but eventually he relented and promised to take her home. Into the kayak they went, across the sea towards home. Her husband, finding she had fled, was  furious and called to his brother birds and they attacked Sedna and her father and called up a raging storm. Her father knowing it was Sedna they were after tossed her off the boat into the sea.
She clung to the edge of the boat and her father chopped off her fingers so that he could escape. As she sank to the bottom of the sea, her fingers became the whales, seals, and walrus and she became a sea godess. When she is angry she locks up the fishes so that people starve. If that happens, it is held that someone must go to her house and wash her and comb her hair (she has no fingers,) and only then will she let the animals go. She was worshipped by hunters, who needed her to be happy so that they could bring home food.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Sea Wife

This past summer we went to Myrtle Beach (as usual) but instead of doing the same old thing we drove around alot. We went to Murrell's Inlet (we saw the crab cake lady!), Litchfield, and Pawley's Island! Once in Pawley's Island we saw an adorable little shop and had to stop in!

The things in the store were lovely! All sea themed but my were they expensive. I'd have bought something but I'd spend my vacation money on things at that other wonderful Myrtle Beach standard, the Gay Dolphin! If you ever go to Myrtle Beach you simply must stop there. It has everything! Rare and unusual shells, sharks teeth, postcards, clothes, boats, lighthouses, entertainment memorabilia, fairies, gnomes, jewelry, even statues of the Egyptian goddess Bastet!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Another Mermaid Sighting on the Simpsons

Ahoy! Season 20's episode No Loan Again, Naturally sees the Simpsons lose their home when they can't pay back their home equity line. This is mostly due to their outrageously lavish Mardi Gras party.  At the party you can see Barney Gumble and Agnes Skinner dressed as mermaids. In the same shot as Agnes you can see Carl Carlson (just behind her) dressed as what I assume is Neptune. A few seconds later you get more of Carl as he and Lenny dance. I love the gross looking fish hat! Knowing Carl, it's probably a real fish!










Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on South Park

In the South Park three parter Imaginationland (icky) you see
all sorts of made up characters and a mermaid! Personally I'm not a huge fan of South Park (the other half loves it) but I do enjoy many of the episodes. That said, Imaginationland sucked!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Poseidon Hymn

XXII. To Poseidon

(7 lines)

(ll. 1-5) I begin to sing about Poseidon, the great god, mover of the earth and fruitless sea, god of the deep who is also lord of Helicon and wide Aegae. A two-fold office the gods allotted you, O Shaker of the Earth, to be a tamer of horses and a saviour of ships!

(ll. 6-7) Hail, Poseidon, Holder of the Earth, dark-haired lord! O blessed one, be kindly in heart and help those who voyage in ships!

-Homer

Friday, January 15, 2010

Antediluvian



The antediluvian (or pre-diluvian - both meaning "before the deluge") period is the Biblical period between the Creation of the earth and the Deluge. The story takes up chapters 1-6 (excluding the Flood narrative) of Genesis.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Glass Bottom Boat

How could I forget this one!? Doris Day sings The Glassbottom Boat!



I loved this movie as a kid. And I still love Paul Lynde!  He was the voice of Templeton in Charlotte's Web a long time player on Hollywood Squares and a very very funny man!






Mermusic

I love songs about mermaids! I mean obviously! But honestly there aren't too many just about mermaids, but there are some that mention mermaids at least.

Here's some of my favorites:

Regina Spektor - Mermaid (it's perfect! She even talks about how her feet bleed a la Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid)

Joni Mitchell - Carey 

Sedna - Heather Dale

Donovan - Atlantis and Celia of the Seals (about a selkie?)

Shel Silverstein - Mermaid (more of a poem, but it's about the mermaid problem)

Sinead Lohan - I am no Mermaid

Clancy Brothers - The Mermaid

Tori Amos - Silent All These Years

The Lonely Island - I'm on a Boat (T-Pain apparently had relations with a mermaid)

Flight of the Conchords - Mermaid


Did you notice the Monty Python coconuts (horses)?


And of course there are songs from Disney's Little Mermaid movies and broadway show, and old folk songs/sea shanty's that I have no real way of obtaining.

Besides mermaid songs, I also enjoy other sea-themed songs.

Into The Ocean- Blue October
Somewhere Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
Undersea Community - The Avalanches
La Mer - Nine Inch Nails
Rock Lobster - The B52's
Sea of Love - The Platters
Octopus' Garden and Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Ocean Size - Jane’s Addiction
The Beautiful Briny Sea - from Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Island in the Sun - Weezer
Double-O Seafoam - the Neptunas
City by the Sea - Terminal
Santa Monica - Everclear
Gay Fish - Trey Parker

There are of course way more sea themed/beachy songs than mermaid ones, but there you go.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Merman Sighting on Family Guy

And I don't mean Ethel.

I'm not a fan of Family Guy. Peter and Lois really bug me. That being said I do find some parts of the show funny and I do like Brian and Stewie.


A few years ago they did an episode where Stewie tries to kill Lois. He shoots her on a cruise ship and she falls overboard. Lois is saved from drowning by a merman, who is a reverse mermaid (body of a fish and legs of a man.) The merman,  who believes all women fantasize about making love with mermen, is really pissed when Lois refuses to sleep with him. The merman tries to force himself upon her so she pushes him down and leaves him flopping (like a fish) in the sand.
This is of course funny because it's a perfect joke about the infamous Mermaid Problem
Personally I can see an upside to it.

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid




Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mermaid Sighting on the Simpsons

I spotted some mermaids while rewatching the Simpsons.


First the most obvious use of mermaids on the Simpsons was in season five's episode $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling), this is the one where Mr. Burns opens a casino. He chooses a lovely (um creepy?) mermaid as the casino theme.
Fantastic! Once inside the decor continues in this trend. Even the waitresses have cute fishy dresses!

My next sighting was while watching the eleventh season episode Beyond Blunderdome. The family test drives the Electaurus, an electric car. They drive off the pier and end up electrocuting various things under the sea, including some Mermaids!


The next mermaids come from the eighteenth season episode The Wife Aquatic. While drowning Homer hallucinates some mermaids and a lovely undersea gazebo!


I'm sure I've missed other examples of mermaids in the Simpsons. If you know of any feel free to drop me a line.

****Edit****

Another great sort of related bit is in Homer Badman when Homer sings a version of Under the Sea to talk about getting away from his troubles. There's no mermaids but it's pretty awesome nonetheless! Not sure where you can find a link to view it, but here's a place where you can listen to it! http://www.clayloomis.com/simsong.html

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The 2010 Coney Island Mermaid Parade date has been announced. Saturday, June 19, 2010, 2pm!

About The Mermaid Parade (from the website)

A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. The parade is proud to have some incredible sponsors. Click here for answers to common questions.


Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.


The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.


Each year, a different celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid rule over the proceedings, riding in the Parade and assisting in the opening of the Ocean for the summer swimming season by marching down the Beach from the Boardwalk, cutting through Ribbons representing the seasons, and tossing fruit into the Atlantic to appease the Sea Gods. In the past, David Byrne, Queen Latifah, Ron Kuby, Curtis Sliwa, Moby, and David Johansen have graced our shores, presiding over the assembled masses.


The Parade is followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball, a post-parade gathering where costumed parade participants can get together with each other and parade spectators to listen to live music, purchase raffle tickets, and watch burlesque and sideshow acts performed by some of New York City's hottest burlesque stars.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Commercial Mermaids

Mermaids in Commercials. Because it's a slow day.
















Friday, January 1, 2010

Vienna`s Life Ball, Feeling Fishy?

VIENNA - VIENNA'S ornate town hall threw open its doors to sea monsters, sailors and former US President Bill Clinton on Saturday night for Europe's biggest event to raise money for HIV and AIDS awareness.

Thousands of partygoers dressed in baroque wigs, fishing nets, masks, strategically placed shells and body paint downed champagne and danced until daybreak at Vienna's 17th 'Life Ball' which organisers had given an aquatic theme.

The annual ball, which first started in 1993 as a party for Vienna's gay scene, has grown into a huge international event. It raised 1.4 million euros (S$2.06 million) last year and drew guests and fashion designers from around the world.

'Even if it is based on a traditional Viennese ball, it is a very lively party. It is a trip of fantasy,' ball organiser Gery Keszler said and added that he expected to raise over 1 million euros despite the economic downturn.

Dancers dressed as monsters, jellyfish and sea urchins splashed and writhed in a pool filled with 2.5 million litres of water in the grounds of Vienna's town hall, while a singer dressed as the ocean god Neptune boomed opera to some 40,000 spectators.

British singer Katy Perry performed after emerging from a giant seashell, while US actresses Pamela Anderson and Eva Longoria took part in a parade that featured fountains, huge ship models and classical music Vienna is famed for.

Bill Clinton who opted for a traditional black suit instead of fancy dress said the 4,000 ball guests, who paid 150 euros a ticket, should enjoy themselves but remember the aim of the evening.

Vienna's town hall is the only political building to host an event to raise money and awareness about HIV/AIDS, which affects some 33 million people worldwide according to the organisers.

But with the number of new infections rising - especially among women - organisers said their work was even more urgent.

'I am from a generation where I saw my friends dying,' 45-year-old Keszler said. 'There is a new generation...in all the rich countries which are not concerned anymore. They don't practice safe sex, they don't even talk about safe sex. That is a disaster in the rich countries.' -- REUTERS

Yes this is old news. But still interesting.
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