See also Gods, spirits and demons
Description of this motif: People of the sea, mermaids and mermen, are demons of the sea, who attract humans with singing and tones. Often the attracted become victims, but the people of the sea aren't necessarily evil. Mer-people are closely related to water-beings, as the man of the stream and the nix.
The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.