Monday, 16 December 2013

Syrinx

Syrinx being pursued by Pan

In Greek mythology, Syrinx was a Naiad nymph of the river Ladon in Arcadia, and a follower of Artemis. Once while returning from the hunt, Syrinx met Pan. Pan was sexually aroused and wanted to make love with her. Syrinx ran to the river (Landon) edge and asked for assistance from river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reed.

When the air passed through the reeds, it produced a plaintive melody. Pan, still infatuated, took some reeds, because he could not identify which reed she became. Cuts the reeds into seven or nine pieces joined them side by side in gradually decreasing lengths and formed the musical instrument bearing the name of his beloved Syrinx.

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