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[TRIVIA] Sirin and Manga
A young friend who enjoys Japanese manga and animations mentioned the
Sorento de Sirene, described as a bird with a woman’s face.

I was reminded of V.Sirin and the image from the Russian folklore.

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Siren Scale. Sorrento's ...

Trying to recollect what I knew about sirens (the German Lorelei, the
singers in Homer’s Odyssey, aso) I also checked the Russian sirin in the

Nabokov is mentioned in the “Popular Culture” items!


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For other uses, see <>
Sirin (disambiguation).

Sirin is a <> mythological creature
of <> Russian legends, with the head and
chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an
<> owl). According to myth, the Sirins lived
"in Indian lands" near <> Eden
or around the <> Euphrates River.
<> [1]
<> [2]

These half-women half-birds are directly based on the Greek myths and later
folklore about <> sirens.
<> [2]
<> [3]
<> [4] They were
usually portrayed wearing a crown or with a nimbus.
<> [5] Sirins sang
beautiful songs to the <> saints,
foretelling future joys. For mortals, however, the birds were dangerous. Men
who heard them would forget everything on earth, follow them, and ultimately
die. People would attempt to save themselves from Sirins by shooting
cannons, ringing bells and making other loud noises to scare the bird off.
<> [3] Later (17-18th
century), the image of Sirins changed and they started to symbolize world
harmony (as they live near <>
paradise). People in those times believed only really happy people could
hear a Sirin, while only very few could see one because she is as fast and
difficult to catch as human happiness. She symbolizes eternal joy and
heavenly happiness. <> [6]

The legend of Sirin might have been introduced to
<> Kievan Rus by
<> Persian merchants in the 8th-9th
century. In the cities of
<> Chersonesos and
<> Kiev they are often found on pottery,
golden pendants, even on the borders of
<> Gospel books of tenth-twelfth
centuries. <> [5]
<> Pomors often depicted Sirins on the
illustrations in the <> Book of
Genesis as birds sitting in <>
paradise trees. <>

Sometimes Sirins are seen as a metaphor for God's word going into the soul
of a man. Sometimes they are seen as a metaphor of
<> heretics tempting the weak. Sometimes
Sirins were considered equivalent to the
<> Polish
<> Wila. In Russian folklore,
Sirin was mixed with the revered religious writer Saint
<> Ephrem the Syrian. Thus,
peasant lyrists such as <>
Nikolay Klyuev often used Sirins as a synonym for poet.
<> [1]

Sirin Russian <> lubok 19th century

* <>

Popular culture

Black metal composer
Gleb Poro has a track named "Sirin".

Alternative band <> Birds of
Tokyo have a track named "Sirin" on their
<> March Fires Album.

Author <> Vladimir Nabokov
published under the pseudonym Sirin.

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