Apsaras

Merbeing of Hindu mythology.

Etymology: Sanskrit (Indo-Aryan), "moving in water."

Physical description: Not fish-tailed. Depicted as a voluptuous, large-hipped young woman.

Behavior: Both aquatic and celestial. Has a sweet fragrance. Enjoys singing and dancing. Skilled lute and cymbal player. often carries lotus flowers. Able to foretell the future. Promiscuous.

Distribution: India; Cambodia. Source: Gwen Benwell and Arthur Waugh, Sea Enchantress (London: Hutchinson, 1961), pp. 31-32.

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