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Sirin. Lubok. 18th century

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

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  2. ^ a b Священные птицы. New Acropol (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b Boguslawski, Alexander (1999). "RELIGIOUS LUBOK". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  4. ^ Персонажи славянской мифологии (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ a b Hilton, Alison (1995). Russian folk art. Indiana University Press. p. 144.  
  6. ^ Славянские суеверия (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-04-16. 


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Author Vladimir Nabokov published under the pseudonym Sirin.

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

Popular culture



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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]

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.[1]

[6]). 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.paradise Later (17-18th century), the image of Sirins changed and they started to symbolize world harmony (as they live near [3]

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