MonsterFest 2011 – Siren

This was supposed to go up yesterday, but I just didn’t have time to write it.  So, a day late and a dollar short, but oh well . . .

Lissa at Quid for Quill asked if I would do an entry on ‘sirens’ for MonsterFest.  I really don’t know much about sirens, but I can put together a few hundred words :).

Sirens, in Greek mythology, are half-bird, half-woman.  Actually, they seem mostly bird – they have a bird body and a woman’s head.  The attraction makes no sense to me.

Sirens are known for their songs – most often singing to lure men to their deaths in most cases.

The most famous sirens are (probably) the ones encountered by Homer in the Odyssey.  These sirens would lure unsuspecting sailors to shipwreck with their songs.  Hence the phrase ‘siren song’ when referring to something seductive.

Sirens have taken many forms in different cultures throughout the world, though the bird-woman is the original.  The bird-woman form can take many shapes – bird body with the face or head of a woman, the form of a woman with just bird legs.  Later they became full women with seductive bodies and voices.  Mermaids have also been called sirens, though they are not the true sirens of legend.

Sirens and death go hand-in-hand.