“She implored him in the most moving accents to restore her dress [a seal skin]; but the view of her lovely face, more beautiful in tears, had steeled his heart….The sea-maiden, finding she had no alternative, at length consented to become his wife” ~ The Mermaid Wife, Shetland Islands
“When the mermaid understood that there was no prospect of obtaining her garment [a cloak] she regained her composure, and followed Donald meekly to his house” ~Donald and the Mermaid, Ireland
“But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship….As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” The people replied, “We will certainly not abandon the Lord…” ~ Joshua 24:15-16
Today, we move from our “meaningful mermaids” to our kidnapped maidens of the deep. These stories are timeless, for the tragedy they speak of has occurred throughout all ages. In the ancient world, and especially for coastal countries, the major threat to women came from the sea. Vikings, pirates, and rogues plagued northern shores well into the 17th century.
And so, these women became “sea maidens,” taken from their loving homes across the sea. Perhaps the places they ended up were kind; perhaps they were not. Regardless, the longing to return to their old life would have run deep in their souls…