Origin: Greek Mythology.
Description: Dangerous and devious creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
They were odd-looking creatures who had features of a bird from the waist down and a body of a woman from the waist up. Sirens were thought to be three in number, but that is not certain. The most common names were Teles, Raidne, Molpe, Thelxiope, Aglaophonus, Parthenope, Ligeia, and Leukosia.
It is said that the sirens induced by Hera competed with the Muses in a singing contest and lost. The Muses plucked the Sirens of their feathers and wore them as a trophy. With their feathers plucked the Sirens were no longer able to fly and turned half of their body into a fish tail.
Half-woman and half-dolphin or fish depiction’s today are more common than the early 16th century part woman, dolphin and lion. The fish tail was thought to be shed when needed to make the mermaid more attractive to men. There is a theory that mermaids were actually misidentified sea-cows, mammals or porpoises.
They were also known as the “Sea Sirens”, the personality and appearance is most commonly known to be that of a seductive temptress. Her beauty has been said to reflect the wondrous treasures and power of the sea itself.
Location: They lived then on an island, called Anthemoessa, in the sea between Sicily and Italy. Huge boulders surrounded their island where ships would be destroyed if they ventured too closely.