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Sirens :: World Mythology

In Greek mythology, Sirens were part human, part bird. The Sirens lived on a rocky island in the middle of the sea, possibly near Italy. They sang melodies so beautiful that sailors passing by couldn't resist getting closer to them. Following the sound of music, the sailors would steer their boats towards them or jump in the water to get closer. Either way, it always ended in disaster on the rocks.


Sirens - Who Were They?

The three Sirens that were written about the most in Greek Mythology were Pisinoe, Aglaope and Thelxiepi, all daughters of the river god, Achelous. One of them played the lyre, one played the flute and another one sang. Legend has it that Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility, turned the Sirens into the half-woman, half-bird creatures when the three failed to save Demeter's daughter, Persephone. Persephone was kidnapped by the god of the Underworld, Hades.


Resisting the Sounds of the Sirens

There are only two stories of men resisting the Sirens. In the story Odyssey, Odysseus ordered his men to put beeswax in their ears so they couldn't hear the music as they sailed by. His men tied Odysseus to the ship's mast so he could hear the enchanting tunes but wouldn't be able to swim ashore.
Jason and the Argonauts were also saved because they had Orpheus, (a talented musician) on board with them. He played music that was even more beautiful so the men hardly heard the sound of the Sirens.


Sirens - Fun Facts

  • If you've seen O Brother, Where Art Thou?, you'll have heard the enchanting music of some Sirens.
  • The Starbucks logo is often referred to as the "Siren Logo" due to their depiction of a Siren on all their products.
  • West Indian Manatees (a water mammal that looks much like a sea lion) come from the Order Sirenia, named after the Sirens of Greek Mythology.
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Abbergrl
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I only know this much: It's some kind of dance. When do you sleep?
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drowning
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Clearly the study of the stars. What is feminism?
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priya098
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Men and women are different in many ways but that doesnt mean that they cant be equal. Both have an equal role in shaping the society. 
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drowning
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The truth is, male and females are not equal. Yes, they have similarities as breathing, living creatures. But, in most cases, that's the only thing truly in common. To put this is in a faster written, faster to read way; Mental, physical, religious, ect. views are very rarely ever 100% identical, which very easily goes for everyone regardless of gender. If male and females were truly ever viewed as equal or as the same, society would display that. Father being allowed to play as mother or mother being allowed to play father (in cases, of course), fair pay in different job placements (especially when well-deserved as a huge, main argument), fair treatment, fair appearance in industries, ect. as simple based examples. If they were viewed as equal, there would be no need for feminism and several cases of stand-offs for different rights. Now, of course this doesn't mean it needs to viewed as kindergarten play, "one for her and one for him and one for them." When things are well deserved, the more the better for that person. Male or female. But, regardless of looks or gender, there are times where one gender will hold more dominance than the other. And, throughout the human history, it has been that way. And it does not seem as if there will be much change for that in the future. Long story short: No, male and females are not equal for several different reasons.
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