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Mythical OriginsPlay
Mermen are rooted in mythology, so they're often found in stories involving magic and the supernatural. SlideThe ancient scrolls described a merman guarding a sunken treasure.
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Literary DevicePlay
Mermen can symbolize allure and danger of the unknown, particularly in maritime folklore. SlideThe sailors feared the siren's song, lest a merman drag them to the ocean's depths.
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Gender SpecificPlay
A 'merman' refers specifically to the male version of the half-human, half-fish creature, with 'mermaid' being the female counterpart. SlideAriadne was shocked to encounter not a mermaid, but a merman, under the waves.