|Real-life mermaids like Melissa Dawn and friends live out the dream (dailymail.co.uk).|
|My tail means a lot to me. "I sometimes joke that I wear a prosthetic because I was born with a terrible birth defect -- which is legs," the modern American mermaid Cyanea explains.|
|Mermaid Melissa knows the life (dailymail)|
- Caitlin Nielsen dreamed of being a mermaid from a young age and declared at kindergarten it was what she wanted to be when she grew up.
- In 2015 the biology graduate quit her job to focus full-time on following her dream.
- She is part of a growing community of people who identify as part-human, part-fish and call themselves merfolk.
|Those who in a past life were mermaids (sea nymphs) sometimes have a hard time adjusting to life on land. Note the European folklore of the Silkies (Sealfolk) in Ireland, Iceland, and the area.|
|The real thing today -- what is it?|
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"Mermaids were real" Dr. Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. (AngelTherapy.com); Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly, updated, first published Nov. 20, 2012
|Real-life mermaid inspired by Disney wears tail, holds breath (dailymail.co.uk)|
(4AngelTherapy) Dr. Virtue, guitarist for Obsidian (with Mark Watson and Tatiana), and her friend Angela Hartfield are mermaids on an adventure to the Obsidian song "Find That Place." Ocean footage in Kona, Hawaii, Fiji. Editing by Jeff Leicher, Jack's Diving Locker, Kona, and Michael Allen.
|Water-devi Doreen Virtue (angeltherapy.com)|
They are both mammals breathing atmospheric air rather than strictly depending on air pulled from water through gills.
|There be dragon? (Evs in Nz)|
Mer-persons (mer meaning mar, maritime, marine, "ocean") were once as common as dolphins. But they were killed off. They came to exist only as earthbound-devas, subtle light beings, fairies delighting in water. Seamen have been spotting them for millennia.
|Maritime lore: golden sea nymph or waterbound deva on Prince Frederick's barge (wiki)|
|Mara even bothers enlightened disciples.|
It was only on this occasion, reported in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya 50), that Great Moggallana spoke of his recollection of his own distant past lives.
He began by declaring this in verse:
|Ariel and that funny little lobster guy in Disney Corporation's The Little Mermaid|
- Wherever others craved for possessions, as a forest hermit he was content with an austere life of few wants (Theragatha 1146-1149).
- Once when a harlot tried to seduce him, he rejected her just as the Buddha had rejected Mara's daughters (Thag. 1150-1157).
- When his best friend Sariputra -- the Buddha's other chief male disciple -- had died, he was not agitated by sorrow as was Ananda, who had not yet become an arhat, but instead remained serene and unshaken, full of understanding and compassion (1158-1163).