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Mythology always been a subject that enchanted me, inspiring me and my fantasy. Well the lady wasn't ment to be a mermaid at first but :D there she is haha
Hope you enjoy reading ,some of myths about sirens ! Thank you for visiting my gallery ! :iconbouquetplz:



Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology, the Sirens ( Σειρῆνες ) were dangerous yet beautiful creatures,nymphs - lower goddesses, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: "Is King Alexander alive?" (Greek: "Ζει ο Βασιλεύς Αλέξανδρος;"), to which the correct answer was: "He lives and reigns and conquers the world" (Greek: "Ζει και βασιλεύει και τον κόσμον κυριεύει"). This answer would please her, and she would accordingly calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on board
The Sirens were called also the Muses of the lower world, Walter Copland Perry observed: "Their song, though irresistibly sweet, was no less sad than sweet, and lapped both body and soul in a fatal lethargy, the forerunner of death and corruption." Their song "siren song" refers to an appeal that is hard to resist but that, if heeded, will lead to death.

Near East

The goddess Atargatis shown as a fish with human head, on an ancient Greek coin of Demetrius III Eucaerus
The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria c. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal (a shepherd) and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid — human above the waist, fish below — although the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm, similar to the Babylonian god Ea. The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo.
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