Harpies, also called Sirins, Alkonosts, and Gamayuns, are described as having a woman’s head and the body of a bird. They are frequently depicted as predatory birds that bring misfortune. The Sirin and Alkonost are often described as birds of joy and sorrow in Eastern European folklore. Harpies were originally considered wind spirits and were thought to bring hardship by carrying off food, belongings, and even people.
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