Strange Kind of Woman: Siren. Picture

Le sirene sono delle figure mitologico-religiose greco-romane. L'origine letteraria della figura delle sirene è nell'Odissea di Omero dove vengono presentate come cantatrici marine abitanti un'isola presso Scilla e Cariddi, le quali incantavano, facendo poi morire, i marinai che incautamente vi sbarcavano. La loro isola mortifera era disseminata di cadaveri in putrefazione. Ma Odisseo, consigliato da Circe, la supererà indenne. Le Sirene nella modernità sono generalmente indicate come ibridi donna-animale (busto da donna e coda di pesce). Esse sono coloro che cantano negli oceani e ingannano gli uomini, facendoli annegare. Nelle fiabe invece, troviamo esse come pacifiche creature marine abitanti di Atlantide.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were three dangerous bird-women, portrayed as seductresses who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The Sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as fully aquatic and mermaid-like; the fact that in Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Portuguese the word for mermaid is respectively Sirena, Sirène, Sirena, Syrena, Sirenă and Sereia, and that in biology the Sirenia comprise an order of fully aquatic mammals that includes the dugong and manatee, add to the visual confusion, so that Sirens are even represented as mermaids. However, "the sirens, though they sing to mariners, are not sea-maidens," Harrison had cautioned; "they dwell on an island in a flowery meadow."
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