Many people confuse Sirens with “mermaids”. But, Sirens are bird women
According to Greek mythology, the Sirens were mysterious creatures. The mythological species made its way to modern times through many movies and TV shows about them. The creature is believed to have beautiful and enchanted singing voices that draw sailors to their deaths.
Many people confuse Sirens with "mermaids". But, Sirens are bird women. The stories of the Sirens have inspired writers, poets, and artists for ages. Greek mythology depicts them as knowledgeable women.
Sirens are sometimes linked with Harpies; another kind of mythological creature. Harpies are half-bird, half-human, but it varies from myth to myth.
Sirens are also mentioned in Homer's "Odyssey", where Odysseus famously had his crew tie him to the mast of the ship because he wanted to hear the Siren song.
Odysseus was curious as to what the Sirens sang to him. The Greek hero Odysseus, advised by the sorceress Circe, escaped the danger of their song by stopping the ears of his crew with wax so that they were deaf to the Sirens.
Odysseus himself wanted to hear their song but had himself tied to the mast so that he would not be able to steer the ship off its course.
According to Homer, there were two Sirens on an island in the western sea between Aeaea and the rocks of Scylla.
Eventually, the number of Sirens was increased to three and they were located on the west coast of Italy, near Naples.
They were believed to be the daughters of the sea god Phorcys or the river god Achelous. The Greek gods had the Sirens with one of their Muses.
According to the Greek philosopher Plato, there were three kinds of sirens - the celestial, the generative, and the purificatory/cathartic. The sirens were governed under the gods like Zeus, Hade,s and Poseidon. The first kind was under the government of Zeus, the second under that of Poseidon, and the third of Hades.