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Mythology in What If I’m a Merfolk?

There are many myths and legends about merfolk, other sea creatures, and the gods and goddesses that are the patrons or inhabitants of the seas. Many of the poems in What If I’m a Merfolk? touch on this mythology, but none as much as “A Paean to the Goddesses,” a poem that pays respect to goddesses of the seas.

The goddesses named in the poem are a largely Eurocentric bunch, but I tried to bring in some goddesses from non-Eurocentric cultures as well, to show the breadth and depth of sea goddesses. (Yes, there are some sea gods, too, but the poem is about the goddesses. And anyway, the sea is typically feminized, so it’s only right that this poem speaks to its feminine protectors.)


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