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Lamia

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"Lamia"
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Details
Source
Greek mythology
Scale
medium
Other names
Lamina
Similar creature(s)
Siren, Nereid, Gorgon, Nāga


The lamia is a, most commonly, female creature with several very different forms across several mythologies. One form is that a beautiful daemon who eats children. Another form has the lower body of a beast, often lions, goats or snakes, and the head, arms and torso of a human, sometimes covered in snake scales. Yet another form is that of a female river spirit who helps the locals in return for food. Lastly, the name lamia, can also apply to swarms of sentient insects inhabbiting the corpses of fey creatures.

Source[edit | edit source]

The lamia originates from Greek mythology, dating back to at least 400 BC. The water spirit appears as an apparently unrelated being in Basque mythology.

Media[edit | edit source]

Lamiae appear in the following media:

Games[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

  • Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Music[edit | edit source]

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2