Contest Entry: Siren Suicide Picture

My first entry for "Myths and Legends: An Illustration Contest".

Sirens are featured in the myths and legends of various cultures, including Celtic, Greek, and Norse. Each culture attributes different characteristics to them, naturally.

The Norse view them as knowlegeable and wise, usually possessing healing medicines and whatnot. The Celts believed that they drowned people -usually men- for various reasons (ie. to keep them as spouses, accidentally forgetting that humans can't breathe underwater, spite, etc.). The Greeks believed that they sang a song so enchanting that nearby sailors drowned after jumping overboard in an attempt to reach the sirens.

For this particular image, I was inspired by the Greek myth about Jason and the Sirens -more specifically, the end result of Jason's ship passing by the Sirens with no one jumping overboard.

"It was prophesied when any ship was able to sail past their island without succumbing to the sweet song, the Sirens would leap into the sea and drown.

...Jason had been warned by Chiron that Orpheus would be necessary in his journey. When Orpheus heard their voices, he drew his lyre and played his music more beautifully than they, drowning out their voices. One of the crew, however, the sharp-eared hero Butes, heard the song and leapt into the sea, but he was caught up and carried safely away by the goddess Aphrodite."

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