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The fish prince and other stories : mermen folk tales

Author: Jane Yolen; Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
Publisher: New York : Interlink Books, 2001 2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mermen? Yes. Long before mermaids emerged to people our inner seas. Long before they established their restless, inviting niche in human fantasy, there was the merman. Born of the human need to dominate the great fruitful oceans, to control the vast destructive seas, to regulate the healing rains, to understand the tides, the merman emerged. Yet despite the importance of early fish-tailed gods such as Ea-Enki and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yolen, Jane.
Fish prince and other stories.
New York : Interlink Books, 2001
(OCoLC)620653623
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Yolen; Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
ISBN: 1566563909 9781566563901
OCLC Number: 1142447211
Description: xv, 160 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: Mermen of the northern waters: Nix's soul (Germany) --
Brother Nickel (Germany/Grimm's) --
Grateful merman (Norway) --
Maiden and the Nakk (Estonia) --
Black Forest water-smith (Germany/Grimm's) --
Merman laughed (Iceland) --
Nykur of Leitis Water (Faroe Islands) --
Mermen of Russia and the Slavic countries: Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise (Russia) --
Speedy messenger (Russia) --
Mermen of the British Isles: Seal Man (Orkney) --
Seal hunter and the Selchies (Scotland) --
Servant girl and the Kelpie (Wales) --
Mermen of Southern Europe: Haunted well (Macedonia) --
Mermen of Asia: Pond spirit (Japan) --
Green Dragon Pond (China) --
Fish prince (India) --
Mermen of the Middle East: Tale of Abdullah of the land and Abdullah of the sea (Arabian nights) --
River monster (Persia/Iran) --
Mermen of Africa: Girl and the waterlord (Mali) --
Kianda takes a bride (Angola) --
Mermen of the Pacific Islands: How Rua-Pupuke found his son (Maori) --
Sea giant (Papua) --
Mermen of the New World: Woman who married a merman (Coos Indians) --
Man who rose up from the sea (Shawano Indians) --
Boy from the bottom of the sea (Greenland Inuits) --
Wounded dolphin (Brazil) --
Rayen-Caven and the sea spirit (Chile).
Responsibility: by Jane Yolen and Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrations by Paul Hoffman.
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Mermen? Yes. Long before mermaids emerged to people our inner seas. Long before they established their restless, inviting niche in human fantasy, there was the merman. Born of the human need to dominate the great fruitful oceans, to control the vast destructive seas, to regulate the healing rains, to understand the tides, the merman emerged. Yet despite the importance of early fish-tailed gods such as Ea-Enki and Dagon; despite the preponderance of merman in the mythologies of Babylon, Greece, the British Isles, the Scandinavian peninsula, Germany; despite the mermen ranging along Slavic shores and inland seas; despite the mermen found in Chinese and Japanese lakes, along Polynesian island coasts, and in the lore and literature of the Middle East, the merman has become Legend's Forgotten Man. With its 27 stories from around the world, this volume reconstructs the unnatural history of the Merman.

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