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October 3, 2003
2:58 pm
unhappy camper
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The lull of the abuser to the co-dependent is hard to resist. You must defend yourself and use counter measures against them. It is very much like the Seirenes from Greek Mythogy with their beautiful but deadly singing....


"As they [the Argonauts] sailed past the Seirenes, Orpheus kept the Argonauts in check by singing a song that offset the effect of the sisters’ singing. The only one to swim off to them was Butes, whom Aphrodite snatched up and settled at Lilybaeum." -Apollodorus 1.135

“Before long they [the Argonauts] sighted the beautiful island of Anthemoessa, where the clear-voiced Seirenes, Akheloos’ daughters, used to bewitch with their seductive melodies whatever sailors anchored there. Lovely Terpsikhore, one of the Mousai, has borne them to Akheloos, and at one time they had been handmaids to Demeter’s gallant Daughter [Persephone], before she was married, and sung to her in chorus. But now, half human and half bird in form, they spent their time watching for ships from a height that overlooked their excellent harbour; and many a traveller, reduced by them to skin and bones, had forfeited the happiness of reaching home. The Seirenes, hoping to add the Argonauts to these, made haste to greet them with a liquid melody; and the young men would soon have cast their hawsers on the beach if Thrakian Orpheos had not intervened. Raising his Bistonian lyre, he drew from it the lively tune of a fast-moving song, so as to din their ears with a medley of competing sounds. The girlish voices were defeated by the lure; and the set wind, aided by the sounding backwash from the shore, carried the ship off. The Seirenes’ song grew indistinct; yet even so there was one man, Butes the noble son of Teleon, who was so enchanted by their sweet voices that before he could be stopped he leapt into the sea from his polished bench. The poor man swam through the dark swell making for the shore, and had he landed, they would soon have robbed him of all hope of reaching home. But Aphrodite, Queen of Eryx, had pity on him. She snatched him up while he was still battling with the surf; and having saved his life, she took him to her heart and found a home for him on the heights of Lilybaion.” –Argonautica 4.892f

“Butes, son of Teleon, though diverted by the singing and lyre of Orpheus, nevertheless was overcome by the sweetness of the Sirens’ song, and in an effort to swim to them threw himself into the sea. Venus [Aphrodite] saved him at Lilybaeum, as he was borne along by the waves.” -Hyginus Fabulae 14"


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