Sirens are a type of sea creatures from Greek Mythology akin to the merfolk. However, unlike the relatively harmless merfolk, sirens were often depicted as deadly temptresses who would lure sailors towards rocky shores via their hypnotic singing, causing the sailors to crash into the rocky coast of their island, meeting a watery demise.
Difference with Mermaids
Modern times now portray Sirens as almost identical to mermaids - beautiful creatures with the bare upper bodies of human women but also with the scaly tails of a fish.
Although in some cases mischievous, most stories depict mermaids as benevolent, bestowing creatures with pure hearts. Others portray mermaids as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning.
The main difference between mermaids and Sirens is that the latter are predators and killers. Seducing men with their voices and bodies, many writers in the last century have stated that Sirens would viciously kill these men in their sleep.
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