Child-eater daemon

In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya (Ancient Lybia – Noth Africa) who became a child-eating daemon (Tô the ancient greeks: good or malevolent supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes). While the word lamia literally means large shark in Greek, Aristophanes (ca. 446 – ca. 386 BC, prolific and much acclaimed comic dramatist) claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.

Some accounts say she has a serpent’s tail below the waist. This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) published in 1819, if you are interessed to read, you can find it here.

Antoninus Liberalis (an ancient greek grammarian who probably flourished between AD 100 and 300.) uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina (female dragon) Sybaris. However, Diodorus Siculus (a Greek historian who flourished in the 1st century BC) describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.

Later traditions referred to many lamiae; folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.

According to Diodorus Siculus, Lamia was born the beautiful daughter of Belus (the son of Poseidon and Libya) King of Egypt. Upon her father’s death she became queen of one of his territories, Libya. However, while visiting Delphi (south-western spur of  Mount Parnassus – Greece), Pausanias, who was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, remarks that Lamia was the daughter of  Poseidon. He also states that Lamia and Zeus were the parents of Herophile, a noted sibyl.

Diodorus goes on to relate that Lamia had an affair with Zeus and bore him children. When Hera, Zeus’s wife, discovered the affair, she became enraged and killed the children. Driven insane with grief, Lamia began devouring other children, and, according to Diodorus, her face became hideously distorted from her grisly deeds.

Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. In Diodorus the purpose of this is unclear, but other versions state this came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children.

Later stories state that Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts say that Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia’s monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera’s wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or – in some rare versions – a natural result of being Hecate’s daughter.

Horace (Roman lyric poet ~ Also very apreciated by Pandora in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles) says in Ars Poetica (l.340) imagines the impossibility of retrieving the living children she has eaten:

Neu pranse Lamiae vivum puerum extrabat alvo.

(Shall Lamia in our sight her sons devour, and give them back alive the self-same hour?)

~Translated by: Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) eighteenth century English poet.

A Lamia can be seen in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth. The movie version also has the appetite for small children and can take her eyes off their sockets.

In ancient vampiric folklore, some vampires named themselves “Lamia“. This distinction separated the made vampires from the born vampires. References to Lamia in the context of vampire folklore have persisted well past ancient times. As Judith Roof explains, the “1990s exhumations of the vampire certainly do not stop at Dracula, but rightfully point to the folkloric origins of blood-imbibing figures from Lilith the Indian Kali and the Lamia of Greece.”

Lamia tend to have distant personalities. They are constantly daydreaming in a humans eyes. It is a suitable pose that hides the fact they are trying to block out all thoughts of others around them, either that or they are listening intently. They appear dumb when actually they have strong minds that know more then any other eyes have ever seen. They have a second form they ontake that has similar appearances to that of a gargoyle. They are stony skinned and have a huge wing span. They are well equipt for hunting and can become in a rabid state when hunting, losing all memory of the hunt in some occasions, sometimes leading to the death of their loved ones.

They are naturally nocturnal creatures so walking amongst humans does make them weary, let alone taking on the everyday life of a human.

They also have three tribes; Twilight, Sunlight and midnight. Twilight vampires are just good vampires that only drain blood without killing. Sunlight vampires believe that humans and vampires should be in peace so tend to form relationships with humans. Midnight vampires are selfish beings, descendants from Maya that kill when taking blood and take astounding amounts of blood just for power…

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27 Responses to “Child-eater daemon”

  1. Great information. Thanks for the post.

  2. […] it to you. You can find the poem called “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1850) and “Lamia“(1819), both wrotten by John Keats, and also a lot of modern poetry, all over internet, you […]

  3. Lamia Says:

    Very odd when you search your name and this comes up haha!! Great read though, thanks for the interesting info.

    • deathcoke Says:

      Ahahah It’s your name too? Oh, a lot of Lamias coming up here x) You’re very welcome!

  4. hey….
    it´s very funny to that lamia is a dämon…
    because my name is lamia…
    it´s a maroco an turkey name…
    ao it´s very special…i think 😀

  5. Vaughn Says:

    On the album, A LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY (1974) by the rock group Genesis, the Lamia play a prominent role and have a most beautiful song.

  6. PHREMAN Says:

    Crowley liked his LAM

  7. Hey fleni fleni hahahha

  8. Yeah, that is very nice. My name is Lamia too. It means in arabic black lips. I also discovered that there is a city called Lamia in Greek. And about movies, Lamia appers in Drag me to Hell(as a horned beast) and Stardust(as a witch).

  9. Nicholas Says:

    I’m new here.But the Greek meaning of Lamia means shark I think.But even though im Spanish i’m German also and Lamia is Greek so its meaning is something like sea monster or some kind of sea creature,and if you read everything uptop you can see that the Greek Lamia monster eat’s children,it’s pretty scary so if you ever meet that monster…make sure you have a 50 BMG machine gun it can cut you in have in 1 shot and cut off a head in 1 shot.Ok?

  10. Nicholas Says:

    Nicholas is my real name if you don’t know.

  11. Nicholas Says:

    I found out what it means in Greek…lone shark,and I know I have a test for you…the first 1 of you who can figure out what the Japanese meaning of GOJIRA is,is my friend and you get my address and I would like to have all of you az a friend so i’ll give you a word search of the word mixed up with other letters.GODthdfZIajdLLA.The lower case letters don’t belong so this will be easy for you.

  12. Ive read alot of Books and Only very few of Them Mention the Lamia and doesnt say more tehn a Child Eating Demon. This was Really Usefull Info because the Lamia has been one of THe Most Interesting IVe read about and would loved to ahve seen more Books with them.

  13. lamia is not a morrocan and turkish name, but ir’s arabic and it appears in the arabic dictionnary

  14. Hello alls,

    I’m a french ethnomusicologist and ethnologist who lives in Biscay (Basque Country, Spain), and here existe also Lamiak (singular: Lamia, Lamias). The Lamia is a female basque mythologic being, but not have direct relation with Libyan Lamia. She has the body fo a very beautiful woman, except the feet: she has webbed feet, like the ducks ones. She lives near rivers, and she is described as frequently combing her hair with a gold comb. If somenone try to rob it, she becomes furious and seething, and can be dangerous for the thief.
    Lamia is very present in basque toponimy. For example: Lamiako is an important town of the surround of Bilbao (capital of Biscay) and near the metropolitan station exist a modern sculpture of a Lamia with duck feet. Lamiaren o Lamiaran, little hill of the territory of Bermeo and where is the “caserío” (farm house) called Lamiaran…
    You can see for example:
    http://lamin.sare.fr/lamia.shtml
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Lamia_Garagartzan_Arrasate_2007-01-01.JPG (we can see perfectly the webbed feet of the Lamia combing her hairs).
    Best regards

    • deathcoke Says:

      Hm I do not really knew that, thanks for contributing with more info 🙂 and yes, i can see the feet. She looks great, I will search for more info about her!

  15. Chuckie Boy Says:

    thats weird,. i just heard all about that in “Drag me to hell” movie…

  16. lamia bouali

  17. creo que es un demonio in significante y se ira el infierno muy pronto esa perra pagara por comerse a susu hijos

  18. bouarroudj Says:

    Bonsoir
    très intéressant ce que je trouve a propos de ce prénom
    mon prénom est bien sur lamia

  19. Lamia Says:

    it’s very funny to know that lamia is demon’s name. my name is lamia. it’s an arabic name an in arabic dictionary it means ‘bright’.

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