The Dioscuri too, as patrons of mariners, were held in honour.
This wind is much dreaded by native mariners as it strikes nearly all the sheltered anchorages.
Further, we learn from Osorio that the Arabs at the time of Gama "were instructed in so many of the arts of navigation, that they did not yield much to the Portuguese mariners in the science and practice of maritime matters."
They are nymphs of the sea, who, like the Lorelei of German legend, lured mariners to destruction by their sweet song.
It would have contained a beacon light to guide mariners.