Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mythology/ Fairy tales/ Folk tales/ Legends featuring the Temptress

In Greek mythology, a siren is one of three sea nymphs, they are also known as Temptresses of the sea. A siren is usually represented with the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Sirens lived on an island surrounded by dangerous rocks. Their voices were so beautiful,enchanted, and hypnotizing that when they sang, they would lure in unsuspecting victims who would draw nearer to them and then became shipwrecked. Odysseus; one of the first Greek mythic heroes, encountered and escaped the Sirens by tying himself securely to the mast so he couldn't move, and by blocking his men's ears with wax so they couldn't hear the Siren's beautiful but deadly voices.

After his encounter with Scylla and Charybdis, Odysseus eventually ended up on the island of Ogygia, home of Calypso. Calypso is a nymph, seductress, and a Temptress. She tries to seduce Odysseus to stay with her. Calypso imprisons Odysseus with her for seven years and offers him immortality if he would become her husband. Odysseus was far to homesick to stay with Calypso. Finally, Zeus sends Hermes; messenger of the Gods to free Odysseus from the temptress's clutches. Then Odysseus continues his journey back home to Ithaca, where his beloved wife Penelope is still waiting for him.


Hannah said...

who's the second painting by??

DTRP crew said...

who's the second painting by?