Sirens, They May Sing

The word siren is used to describe a beautiful female who brings down a male.  In today’s lore and Greek Mythology, a siren lures sailors to their rocks through their angelic singing.  Where did sirens come from?

Sirens were helpers for the goddess Persephone.  One day Hades kidnapped Persephone and hid her away in the underworld.  Demeter, Persephone’s mother, was furious at Hades for stealing her daughter.  She gave the sirens powers.  The sirens had wings and claws like a bird, and Demeter sent them to find her daughter. 

After searching for Persephone, the sirens finally gave up and made the tiny island of Anthemoessa their home.  Missing Persephone, the Sirens began to sing lamenting songs about her.  Something about these songs was beautiful to the sailor’s ears, and they would crash their boats into the rocks and drown. 

Did the Sirens do this on purpose, luring men to their deaths?  Maybe not at first, but the Sirens, missing their previous life with Persephone, created a blood lust, and their mission was to drown every sailor near their island.

There was a brilliant and courageous sailor, Odysseus, who did not want to die, so he put wax in his ears and in the ears of every sailor on the boat.  His trick worked, and his vessel was not sunk.  This infuriated the Sirens, and they dove into the ocean and turned into rock.  The Sirens were no more.

Many people confuse sirens with mermaids because both like to kill men by drowning them.  The modern-day tale of sirens has their body similar to that of a mermaid. Mermaids are different creatures, as we will learn in a separate article.

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A freelance writer and blogger who has spent 30 years in library service. A ghost hunter at heart and a lover of the macabre. I'm a writer of plays, monologue, and poetry for community theatre. Most importantly, be positive and love life.

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