D. Marinha

Water-centric forgotten Wisdom

Sofia Batalha
2 min readDec 15, 2022
art by me

This essay is but a humble offering, a word libation to the waters.

So, firstly, I will tell an old story, a tale of a silenced Ocean, offering the original myth like it was written in the XIV century. After, I’ll frame the cultural and historical premises of where it springs from; my main interest is finding the psychic and cultural threads that enable such a story to be woven and registered in the first place, uncovering the undercurrents of the Eurocentric psyche.

The following sections are about reweaving forgotten fragments, beings, and lost entanglements, in an eco-mythological arrational, speculative fabulation, using creative re-search-imagination and body (watery) wisdom to tap into the depths of the violent modern (Eurocentric) collective amnesia.

Appendix I contains other Portuguese stories of the Mermaid lore, Appendix II lists some of the most important Mermaid and triton accounts in Portuguese historical documents; Appendix III includes an eco-mythological tale recreated by the aquatic currents of this essay in my heart-psyche.

Keywords: Eco-mythology, Ecopsychology, Sirens, Mermaids, Water-centric, Decolonization, Trance

2-hour reading time.

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🧜🏻‍♀️ Framing the Mermaid’s character through conquest and extraction-based culture, the abyssal monster to be conquered, extracting all its mysteries, and even changing embodied time perception. They became solely desacralized, greedy, and fear-inducing demons, like the imperial and conquest culture that framed them. The only possible solution to keep humankind safe from these mythical monsters was to control, tame, rape, and silence them instead of reclaiming the place of ocean-centric symbiotic wisdom, of flowing embodied consciousness. Rather than being water, singing water, the sacred and ecstatic water. Of course, they were always hybrid, paradoxical wild creatures, not to be conquered, but to be listened. So, in this modern western culture, we’ve lost the coherence, wholeness, subjectivity, and flow of these primal water dialogs, inevitably killing its ecosystems. Our minds and bodies became antropocentrically rigid, in stiff dogmatic binary consciousness, unable to imagine otherwise. We readily mistake the colonial maps for the wild, complex, and living territory.



Sofia Batalha

Journeying 🌿 between inner and outer landscapes, remembering ancient earth practices, radical presence, active listening, ecopsychology, art and writing.