" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 3, 2017

The Little Mermaid/Siren Meme?

I was reading Chris Knowles' latest post -
So Now You Know, Concluded
where he wrote, 
"A funny thing occurred to me today.
There are a number of different productions of The Little Mermaid being worked on right now. Four different films, a ballet, a live TV show and a traveling production of the Disney musical.
But what is The Little Mermaid all about, really?
I mean, when you really get down to brass tacks?
It's really about a young girl entering another reality, our reality in this particular case.
After a traumatic experience.
With the aid of sorcery.
I think Chris has a point about the Mermaid/Siren meme, as I was reading an Australian newspaper Sunday suplement last weekend, which had a "drowning in plastic" theme throughout and on page 32 was an advert for a local Queensland ballet putting on
'The Little Mermaid' in early 2018.
Hey, isn't plastic pretty much a Danish thing, too?-)
Isn't there a giant turtle in the 'IT' story?-)
Chapter 11: "Memes: the new replicators"
Wrapped in plastic?!
"A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.
Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover.
Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings.
In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans."
Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen (1913)
"In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
Roman poets placed them on some small islands called
Sirenum scopuli."
Chris concludes his post at The Secret Sun blog by writing,
"Whatever we might see in the movies or TV, the plain fact is that deeply-traumatized children usually end up as deeply-traumatized adults.
In other words, in the real world seriously-traumatized children tend to grow up a lot more like Laura Palmer than Harry Potter."
I certainly don't want some mermaid/siren luring me to drown in a plastic soaked sea.
Coffee and the Siren's Song
If you get my drift?-)

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