Twin-tailed Mermaids

I found it strange with the twin-tailed mermaid on Lem Church, Denmark. But it seems, that two-tailed mermaids, sirens, the male god Triton, Scylla, Baubo and even more are all over ancient Europe! An originally headen symbolism re-used directly on churches - and most recently as logo of a chain of coffee shops!
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Roman mosaic floor of two-tailed Triton

Roman mosaic floor of two-tailed Triton

Merman, mid-15th century: This monstrous merman is one of the fabulous creatures described in the Mirroir du Monde, a chronicle of world history from the Creation to the birth of Christ. MS. Douce 337

Merman, mid-15th century: This monstrous merman is one of the fabulous creatures described in the Mirroir du Monde, a chronicle of world history from the Creation to the birth of Christ. MS. Douce 337

Margot Selski. This mermaid painting emphasises the dual nature of the being with clothing. The double tail is usually an attribute of Melusine.

Margot Selski. This mermaid painting emphasises the dual nature of the being with clothing. The double tail is usually an attribute of Melusine.

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus”, chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344)

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus”, chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344)

Buch der Natur von Konrad von Megenberg Heidelberg / Universitätsbibliothek Cod. Pal. germ. 311, fol. 160v - 1460 AD

Buch der Natur von Konrad von Megenberg Heidelberg / Universitätsbibliothek Cod. Pal. germ. 311, fol. 160v - 1460 AD

A Swiss mermaid, a Melusine.

A Swiss mermaid, a Melusine.

Siren (mermaid) playing violin  -  painted wooden ceiling from 1109 to 1114 in the romanesque St. Martin Church, Zillis, Grisons, Switzerland,

Siren (mermaid) playing violin - painted wooden ceiling from 1109 to 1114 in the romanesque St. Martin Church, Zillis, Grisons, Switzerland,

Etruscan urn. europe, italy, tuscany, siena, santa maria della scala, exhibition of etruscan art, collection of pietro bonci casuccini

Etruscan urn. europe, italy, tuscany, siena, santa maria della scala, exhibition of etruscan art, collection of pietro bonci casuccini

Two-tailed siren. Mosaic ca. 1163-1165

Two-tailed siren. Mosaic ca. 1163-1165

Siren or mermaid playing shalm (flute-like instrument). Painted wooden ceiling from 1109-1114 in the romanesque St. Martin Church, Zillis, Grisons, Switzerland.

Siren or mermaid playing shalm (flute-like instrument). Painted wooden ceiling from 1109-1114 in the romanesque St. Martin Church, Zillis, Grisons, Switzerland.

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