Sirens








Sirens



Often thought of in pop culture as actual mermaid types, (fish and human), sirens are in fact 
a blending of bird and female human, blessed with entrancingly hypnotic voices, 
and perched o n rocky islands throughout the Mediterranean ancient world.


Their voices could tempt sailors of old so strongly that they’d be 
drawn out of their boats into suicidal plunges to the abyss in their attempts 
to gain access to the beautiful bird-maidens, whose looks also were bewitching.


Why have the screeching sirens on today’s rescue vehicles been so-called ?


Because that haunting quality is fearsome, and something to be warded off 
at all costs, as Odysseus in the Odyssey of Homer had had to fill his ship 
crews’ ears with wax and had had to have himself tied tightly to the 
mast since he was determined to actually hear and live through their haunting 
sonic spell, his ears open to their plaintive calls to the deep.


One following the “siren song” of a far-off destiny is also considered 
foolhardy at best – one that is seen by others as falsely alluring and 
dangerous.


Since, in many cultures, Mermaids are also thought to be great songstresses who are almost as naughty as are the bird-women, the Sirens, and since both often sit on rocks in these legends, it was natural that the Mers have become confused with the Sirens.


Most often, the combined power of the voices of the Sirens in ancient mythology 
caused shipwrecks as the helpless sailors would sail their crafts right into 
the rocky islands where these vocal forces plied their craft.


The word originated from an old Greek word for binding or tying, and the 
mere tones, the sounds of their birdlike voices were enough to create a spell 
so strong that none could resist. Odysseus himself said after his ordeal that 
had he not also been tied so strongly to that mast, he would most certainly 
have ordered all to be sacrificed, ship, crew, himself – all – 
merely to be able to come closer to the Sirenic calls.


Although we can imagine that a blend of bird and female primate might be 
considered lovely, it’s even easier to see that a high coloratura trilling 
its’ way across the mists of, say, an early dawn, would captivate any 
listener quite easily.


An angelic-looking being, although female, (unlike real angels, who are always 
male -see 
Angel Fix), could be seen in the form of these terrifyingly mesmerizing maidens, 
although she might also have had the more feral aspects of birds of prey, 
which is much more likely – or at least the huge talons of large sea 
birds.


Were the first myths of sirens created in response to the first hearing of 
some exotic African bird o n approaching a mist-laden, mysterious coast of the  Magreb by an Adriatic sailor ?


Or was a distant sea-full of humpback whales heard in the dark the original 
source of this wondrous enchantment ?


Or was it the unforgettable song sung by a long ago washerwoman with a gorgeous 
voice at the edge of the Bosporus as she was remembering a lost love in the 
dead of a still dark night ?


The origin will never be known, but it’s fun to unleash your imagination 
and let it run wild, back to the past, isn’t it ?


Maybe it was even a link to some forgotten goddess conception like the o nes 
ancient peoples like the Egyptians used to worship – half man, half 
other animal – complete with wondrous attributes of both. The summation 
of unlikely parts always being better together than apart.


During those periods, we loved to cling to our origins as wild beasts, as 
parts of the natural world, as Native American cultures still do.


Witness their totem poles, and their costumed ritualistic dances.


These blending of species in deities exist in many cultures throughout the 
world, still, and yet, in the West, our egocentrism likes to think of them 
as primitive stages in evolution of cultural sophistication.


Actually, those cultures remain true to themselves, and ours, sadly, has 
become so disconnected from nature and from our true nature that we are spiritually 
deprived now.


Our societies bleed from this lost connection to the world, to nature, to 
all other species, to honor and respect and caring for our planet.


Notice how only seeing specimens of one’s own breed, one’s own 
culture, one’s own kind makes you feel hollow and empty.


We were meant to live in a beautiful and noisy collage of multi-specied naturalness, 
full of many kinds of plant life, other animal life, and in a harmonious whole 
– in an Eden of splendor.

Visit Nature Mermaid
 and reconnect with your own soul and that of 
The Great Spirit too.


Going into nature will answer your own need to hear the Siren’s Song.

Go to 
DActivist and make sure that nature is not now singing her last siren 
song.


 

By the way, the Sirens met their vocal match in the manly and beautiful form 
of Orpheus, who was an enchanter if there ever was o ne. He could awe everyone 
in heaven or o n earth with his playing of the lyre and his singing voice, 
and saved the ship and crew of the Argonaut, as Jason had wisely brought him 
on board when they’d set sail.


 

In any case, the Sirens were usually associated with death, and their images 
even appeared among grave markers in Southern Europe.

No mere songbirds, these, in some mythic stories, they would tear apart the 
flesh of sailors who’d succumbed to their spells with their beaks and 
talons, and devour them.


 

This fearsome aspect is the most prevalent form in ancient tales, but the 
concept of the siren evolved in other cultures, still closely associated always 
with music and with death, though, to mean mainly o ne possessing a spell-binding 
voice, or a mermaid – mermaids always have this gift of enchanting vocalizing 
– or of a half-singing bird, half maiden, but in a more benign combination 
– talonless and beauteous.


For a Fish-Tailed Mermaid Song, a Song about a Mermaid and a Sailor of Long Ago,

Listen to Ocean's Song, 'Song of the Siren', a Mesmerizing Musical Piece 


Ocean - Song of the Siren


Other Naughty Demi-Goddesses


Nice Ones


 

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