Tuesday, January 29, 2008

waiting for mermaid

Aegean Sea, Çeşme, Boyalık Bay
Tales of mermaids are nearly universal. Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures. The Aegean Sea, it seems, was full of such creatures like mermaids. A popular Greek legend has Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, turn into a mermaid after her death. She lived, it was said, in the Aegean and when sailors would encounter her, she would ask them only one question: "Is Alexander the king alive?", to which the correct answer would be "He lives and still rules". Any other answer would spur her into a rage, where she transformed into a Gorgon and meant doom for the ship and every sailor onboard.

6 comments:

Bergson said...

Superb still
I will take a subscription with your blog

Fredrik Ekblad said...

What a poetic scene! Lovely colors too.

g_mirage said...

Lovely! All your photos gives me a different view of Turkey!

monoblog said...

bergson: Thank you! That's very nice of you to say that...

fredrik ekblad: I'm flatterd with your comment; thank you.

g_mirage: Thank you! Hope my works give you a positive view.

Uma por Dia said...

Tales and myths are timeless and universal though its change in shape, nomenclature and variations , but its essence is the always the same!

monoblog said...

uma por dia: thanks so much for the feedback; much appreciated.