Jon the Nazarite
In early European lore, there was a clan of nobles who valued their long hair, and refused to cut it. They were the Merovingian kings (who ruled from the 5th to the 8th century, anno domini), aptly dubbed the ‘Long Haired Monarchs’, or ‘Sorcerer Kings’ due to their alleged magical powers, such as the ability to transmute water into liquour and to heal by the laying of hands. There are varying explanations as to whether the Merovingians refused to cut their hair. One of the reasons, and this is the most popular assumption, was that the Merovingians were perpetual ‘Nazarites’, and it is due to this that they would never shorn their hair nor beards. Nazarites were a select few (people of Judaic race) who took vows of sanctity and separation for God, and part of their vow involved growing out their hair. Some sources later state that the Nazarites became a separate sect of Judaism, and that Yeshua Bar Yoshef (Jesus son of Joseph) was one of them Their trademark was the middle-parting of their hair. Furthermore, the controversial book Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln) proposed that the Merovingian bloodline was in the direct line of descent from Yeshua Bar Yoshef’s union with Mariam Migdal (Mary Madgalene). This theory was later adapted into Dan Brown’s infamous Da Vinci Code. Still, another reason states that it was customary for Frankish kings to not cut their hair to thus identify themselves from the Romans and the tonsured clergy.
In regards to long hair and mermaids/sea-creatures there also seems to be some connection between these legends and that of the Merovingian bloodline. According to the 7th century ‘Frankish Chronicle of Fredegar’, the creature known as a ‘Quinotaur’ (‘bestea Neptuni Quinotauri similis’, ‘the beast of Neptune who resembles a Quinotaur’) was the alleged father of Merovius/Merovee/Merovin/Merovech/Merowig (varying spelling of names) after raping the legendary King Chlodius’s wife. Mervius later became the founder of the Merovingian bloodline, and subsequent descendants have called themselves ‘Merovingians’ meaning descendants of Merovin. (Some sources credit Clovis I as the founder of the dynasty).
In regards to the mermaid legend, the King of Jerusalem and Defender of the Holy Sepulcher, Godfroi de Boullion’s (also of Merovingian descent) daughter, Melusine, was supposed to have been half-fish/serpent, and half human. According to legend, Fulk the Black, of the Angevin dynasty, married Godfroi’s daughter, the mythical Melusine. As the story goes, upon her betrothal to Fulk, Melusine made a very unusual request. She agreed to marry him, but only upon this strange condition: that one night per week, on the Sabbath, she was to be allowed absolute solitude and privacy. On this night her husband was neither to speak to her, nor to enter her bedchambers. Fulk agreed to the bizarre codicil, and by all reports they shared a very happy union for the first several years.
In time, however, Fulk’s curiosity began to get the best of him. He wondered why his lovely bride required time apart from him, and what exactly she did on those nights. Unable to resist the temptation, Fulk burst into her bedroom one of these nights, only to be confronted by a terrifying visage. His wife had transformed herself into a figure that was half-serpent. The entirety of her lower extremities took on the appearance of a massive, bluish-white colored snake. Melusine was so horrified at being discovered that she keeled over dead. It was said that her ghost (in half-serpent form) haunted the site thereafter, and could be heard late at night, slithering about behind the locked door.
In a variation on this tale, Fulk was said instead to have peered through the keyhole of his wife’s chambers on one of her private nights. Inside he saw Melusine sitting in a bath, her body covered with scales from the waist down, her legs having turned into the tail of a fish. Deeply disturbed by what he had seen, Fulk was eventually compelled to question his wife. Upon learning that her trust had been violated, Melusine departed, never to be seen again. (Source: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/ind…ic=3646.5;wap2)
Many of the artistic descriptions of Melusine picture her as a flaxen haired lady with long, classically cascading hair; with the lower part of her body either that of a fish or that of a sepent/dragon.
Some sources also suggest that the Merovingians were part of the Tribe of Israel that Samson belonged to, (the Tribe of Dan). Still, others say they were the ‘exiled tribe’ of Benjamin, to which, according to Dan Brown, Mariam Migdal belonged to. Other sources attest that the Merovingian dynasty was descended from the Trojan line of Kings. It is worthy to note that in 751, Childeric III, the last Merovingian, was deposed. He was allowed to live, but his long hair was cut and he was sent to a monastery. It would indeed seem in of itself harmless enough, but for the fact that other Kings were deposed before him, but were killed. Why was Childeric III not killed, like all the others before him? True, Childeric III was indeed spared, but was it really necessary to cut his hair? If we take into consideration that his hair was a symbol of his nobility, then perhaps they were symbolically shearing it off of him. However, if we recall the story of Samson, when his hair was shorn by Delilah, his strength left him. Perhaps it was this same emasculation or neutering that they intended to induce, especially to a line of royals who placed great value in their hair.