LAMIA , inGreek
See also:queen of
See also:Libya . She was beloved by
See also:Zeus, and when
See also:Hera robbed her of her
See also:children out of
See also:jealousy, she killed every
See also:child she could get into her power (Diod . Sic. xx . 41; Schol . Aristophanes,
See also:Pax, 757) . Hence Lamia came to mean a
See also:female bogey or demon, whose name was used by Greek mothers to frighten their children; from the Greek she passed into
See also:Roman demonology . She was represented with a woman's
See also:face and a serpent's tail . She was also known as a sort of fiend, the prototype of the
See also:vampire, who in the
See also:form of a beautiful woman enticed
See also:young men to her embraces, in
See also:order that she might feed on their
See also:life and heart's
See also:blood . In this form she appears in Goethe's Die Braut von Corinth, and
See also:Keats's Lamia . The name Lamia is clearly the feminine form of Lamus,
See also:king of the
See also:Laestrygones (q.v.) . At some early
See also:period, or in some districts, Lamus and Lamia (both, according to some accounts, children of
See also:Poseidon) were worshipped as gods; but the names did not attain general currency . Their
See also:history is remarkably like that of the malignant class of demons in Germanic and
See also:Celtic folk-lore .
Both names occur in the
See also:geographical nomenclature of
See also:Greece and
See also:Asia Minor; and it is probable that the deities belong to that religion which spread from Asia Minor over
See also:Thrace into Greece .
JULIEN OFFRAY DE LAMETTRIE (1709-1751)
LAMMAS (0. Eng. hlammaesse, hlafmaesse, from hlaf, ...
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