According to Bulfinch's Mythology, Syrinx (Greek Óõñéãî) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known
for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to the river's edge and beseeched succor from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow
water reeds that made a haunting
sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which
were thence forth known
as syrinx. The word 'syringe' orignated
from this word.
Syrinx in popular culture
The Canadian rock band Rush wrote "The Temples
of Syrinx", part
of their twenty-minute epic
track, 2112. The name is ironic because the Priests of the Temples
in the dystopian society depicted in the lyrics are opposed to music and advocate the destruction of musical instruments.
In the song "10001110101" by Clutch, The Temple of Syrinx is said to be having the bake sale of the year.