Sirens

Themes of seduction and the sea are an ancient part of pagan metaphor

Themes of seduction, death and the sea are an ancient part of pagan metaphor

“…Pay attention to what I am about to tell you – heaven itself, indeed, will  recall it to your recollection. First you will come to the Sirens who enchant  all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears  the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him  home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with  the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men’s bones  lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass  these Sirens by, and stop your men’s ears with wax that none of them may  hear; but if you like you can listen yourself, for you may get the men  to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast,  and they must lash the rope’s ends to the mast itself, that you may have  the pleasure of listening. If you beg and pray the men to unloose you,  then they must bind you faster…”

Circe to Oddyseus in Homer’s “Odyssey”

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