The Odyssey-Sirens

The sirens were special sea nymphs that lived on the isolated island of Faiaka, which was surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Some people say that they were the daughters of Phorcys, the god of the sea. They had the body of a bird and the head of a human. The sirens had the gift of charming men with their singing. Every sailor that was passing the island was enchanted by their voice and had to stay on the island until death or be smashed against the rocks and be shipwrecked.There were bones all over Faiakes from sailors. In some versions of the Odyssey, the sirens played musical instruments and sang. One played the lyre, one played the flute, and the other sang. In some versions, the sirens were playmates of Persephone and were punished with wings and featheres by Demeter for failing to help her when she was abducted by Hades. Some versions say that the sirens had the feet and feathers of birds and were with Persephone when she was abducted. They asked the gods to give them wings so that they could search for her over the sea. In other stories, they were turned into birds by Aphrodite, the goddess of love for choosing not to get married.
There are two famous sirens in Greek mythology; Charybdis and Scylla. Charybdis swallowed water three times a day and then threw it back up to create whirlpools that drowned the ships. Scylla was an evil monster with twelve heads. She rolled down huge rocks to the sea, destroying the ships and eating the sailors.

Circe warned Odysseus about the sirens, so Odysseus gave all the men wax so they could not hear the songs and asked them to tie him to the mast so he could hear their voices. He made the promise not to untie him if he pleaded, shouted, or asked to be untied.
When the ship came near the Siren's island, the sea was very calm. The sirens were expecting them and sang to lure the sailors towards the shore. They said that they would give knowledge and wisdom of the past and future to them if they came to the isand. Odysseus tried to get down fron the mast and begged the sailors to release him, but they tied him more tightly to the mast. He could not steer them towards shipwreck. When Odysseus could not hear the song anymore, he stopped struggling and calmed down. He was untied and the men to the wax out of their ears. Odysseus was the only person to ever hear the sirens singing and live.
It was predicted that if a ship sailed past the siren's island without being shipwrecked, the sirens would jump into the sea and drown. Ever since Odysseus sailed past them, no one has seen them. It is said that they drowned in the sea. One of their bodies, Leucosia's, was found on an island near Italy, which was named after her.
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