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Sirens in Greek mythology were three notorious sea nymphs, part bird and part woman, who lured sailors to their deaths on treacherous rocks by singing enchanting songs. Leucsia, Ligeia, and Parthenope were their names. Circe warned Odysseus of their seductive powers; and he in turn instructed his companions to stuff their ears with wax as the passed the island on which the sirens resided. When their song failed to have an effect on the crew the three nymphs threw themselves into the sea and perished. A.G.H
Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London.
Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 263