The beautiful lament
Sirens are truly one of the more interesting creatures in mythology given that they are women that exert control over men via their ‘Siren Song’ and the very idea of this had men who sailed the oceans absolutely terrified!
Certain death awaited any sailor who heard their call, and escape was nigh on impossible. It was written that the Siren call was an irresistible false promise of spiritual salvation, a beautiful lament that wrapped the soul in a ‘fatal lethargy’ that led sailors to forsake care of their own life. It was not a ‘call of the flesh’ as it has often been portrayed. The Siren's weren't after a husband, or a hot meal (they are often wrongly portrayed as cannibals), but it's pretty clear they did not want their victim's to survive either.
Initially in Greek mythology Sirens were depicted as birds with the head of a woman. Later though, as the myth crossed cultures, they were often depicted as sea sprites and ghostly beings, who sat languishing on rocks or appeared to float above the sea, singing their sweet Siren song to lure men to their deaths, usually with their ships being smashed against the rocks, or with the sailors themselves jumping overboard where they drowned.