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(Creature) SIRENS

Also known as SEIRENES

Bird Women. Originally handmaidens of Persephone, Demeter gave them wings to orchestrate an air search when Hades stole her daughter. But they gave up and perched on Anthemoessa where they became mad, bad and dangerous.

The Sirens would sing such sweet and seductive songs that sea-men would sail right towards the source of these enchanting melodies and straight into rocks or reefs and certain doom. The Sirens thought this was a right laugh.

But they weren't laughing when Odysseus sailed right past them. He was one step ahead and told his crew to block their ears with candle wax before tying him to the mast for his own safety.

This was more than the Harpies could take having already come a poor second to the Muses in a sing-song-battle, and lost a voice versus Lyre 'duelling banjos' session with Orpheus. Sensing they had lost their killer edge they threw themselves into the sea and drowned. Really bad losers.
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'SIRENS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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