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Mermaids in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mermaid mythology, folklore and the evolution of Sirenas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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What do mermaids have to do with zombies, monsters and saints? Laura von Holt interviews Persephone Braham about the mermaid mythology of Latin America and the Caribbean. From the evolution of the word sirenas, to mermaid iconography in religious works and art, to the mermaid’s role in colonialism, this in-depth interview covers the vast and multi-faceted role of mermaids in history, religion, literature and art. Learn about the sirenas relationship to Spanish sirens, mistaken manatees, mother-figures, the Virgin Regla, and Afro-Latin water deities, particularly Yemaya and Mami Wata. Persephone Braham a professor of Latin American literature and culture at the University of Delaware. the author of the book From Amazons to Zombies. Monsters in Latin America and  Song of the Sirenas: Mermaids in Latin America and the Caribbean.   Important Links   Support this podcast by shopping our mermaid books and other recommendations.

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Meet The Mermaids In This Episode

Baltasar de Echave Ibía (Mexico), Tota pulchra [La Inmaculada/The Immaculate Conception], 1620.
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About the author

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Laura von Holt is the Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly. Her goal in life is to lead the first fairy godmother empire, be the Lisa Frank of the Digital World, and make magic real for sparkle unicorns and boss ladies everywhere. A triple threat, Laura is a Pulitzer Prize contender, a Certified Fairyologist and a graduate of Weeki Wachee Sirens of the Deep mermaid camp.