We are all familiar with mermaid tattoos. Most of us know what beautiful and sensual designs they can be but few of us know the true symbolism behind them. In Greek Mythology, mermaid like creatures were often the results of unions between Gods and sea creatures, such as Zeus and Poseidon. And they were identified with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, who was born from the foam of the sea, and who also symbolized erotic love to the Greeks. Aphrodite was also known as the goddess of fertility as well as the goddess of fair sailing. As such she is often seen swiming with her celestial totem animal the dolphin. It was this long standing symbolism of mermaid tattoos being identified with the sea that made them the perfect tattoos for sailors, merchants and other sea faring folk. And this tradition continues even today, as sailors in the United States Navy often have the mermaid tattoo placed upon their arms. But, you don’t have to be a citizen of the sea to enjoy a well done mermaid tattoo. They are perfect for anyone who loves the beauty and sexuality that these symbols represent. And when mixed with other symbols such as the dolphin or sea snake can be quite stunning pieces.
Here’s another of the possible mermaid tattoos that one could get if they wanted to. Everybody seems to like mermaids for some reason. I have never met anybody who said they didn’t like them. But I wonder why that is? What is it about mermaids that makes us like them? Perhaps we will never know but we like mermaid tattoos, that’s for sure.
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