- Greco-Roman Mythology
We often hear of Mermaids or Sirens in literature as well as movies these days. Yet they were originally mythological creatures that were best described by Homer in The Odyssey. In it, Homer claims that Sirens would sing or whistle. While on the water, this sound made men look into often foggy environments to see beautiful women on the rocks. Those women made some men jump into the water to go after them. Yet very few ever came back. The Sirens lead sailers into traps to capture and eat them.
Half-Human/Half-Fish, the Sirens are like sharks and will eat any meat they can get their hands on. Movies like The Little Mermaid tried to make mermaids look like nice, loveable people a lot like us. Yet this was taken from Hans Christian Anderson’s original story. Where he kept the mermaids similar to their mythological background. Which included a lot of, shall we say “non-Disney things.” Either way, these Sirens were top monsters in mythology, and stories were told about them by sailors for centuries afterward.