Lamia

2023-08-23 Snargl 2 minutes 26 seconds

What is a Lamia?

Woman Lamia in a bra top and skirt on a dragon in a dark cave with a lantern in her hand
Woman Lamia in a bikini and a dragon costume is standing in a dark cave with a light shining on her
Woman Lamia in a bikini with a snake on her chest

A Lamia is a mythical creature that originated from Greek mythology.

Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who had an affair with Zeus, the king of the gods.

Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, punished Lamia by killing or taking away her children.

She became mad with grief and turned into a monster who preyed on the children of others.

Lamia was also said to have the power of prophecy and the ability to remove and reinsert her eyes, which Zeus gave her to ease her pain.

Some stories also describe Lamia as having a snake-like lower body or a serpentine appearance.

Lamia became a symbol of female seduction and danger, and was often associated with other female demons such as the empusai and the sirens.

She has inspired many works of art and literature, such as the poem "Lamia" by John Keats, which portrays her as a tragic figure who falls in love with a human.

Lamia is also the name of a city in central Greece, which may have some connection to the myth.

This creature is a fascinating example of how ancient myths can evolve and influence modern culture.

Example of the color palette for the image of Lamia

Picture with primary colors of Medium jungle green, Dim gray, Ash grey, Grullo and Pearl
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What does a Lamia look like?

Lamia in a green dress holding a snake in a river with trees in the background and rocks in the foreground
Lamia with yellow eyes and a long tail is shown in this artistic painting by artist mark taylor
Lamia with a full moon in the background and a body of water in the foreground
Lamia in a body of water with a sword in her hand and a mountain in the background with a moon
Lamia with a Lamia on her back standing next to a river and rocks in the background
Lamia in a yellow dress with a Lamia on her head and a snake on her shoulder
Lamia on a body of water with a Lamia on her back and wings on her head
Lamia in a bikini standing in the water with a fish in her hand

A Lamia is a mythical creature that has different appearances depending on the source.

In some ancient Greek sources, such as Aristophanes and Diodorus Siculus, a Lamia was originally a beautiful queen of Libya who had an affair with Zeus, but was punished by Hera, who either killed or made her kill her own children.

This drove Lamia mad, and she became a child-eating monster with a distorted face and a large throat.

Other sources, such as Philostratus and Keats, describe a Lamia as a seductive woman who can transform into a snake or have snake-like features, such as a tail or scales.

She lures young men to their doom by devouring them after satisfying her sexual appetite.

Some modern depictions of Lamia combine both aspects, portraying her as a half-woman, half-snake being who can either be benevolent or malevolent, depending on the story.

Example of the color palette for the image of Lamia

Picture with primary colors of Shadow, Bistre, Pale gold, Pale taupe and Umber
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
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Are Lilith and Lamia the same?

Lilith and Lamia are not the same, although they share some similarities.
Lilith is a figure from Jewish folklore, who was said to be the first wife of Adam before Eve.
She rebelled against Adam and left the Garden of Eden, becoming a demon who preyed on men and children.
Lamia is a figure from Greek mythology, who was a beautiful queen of Libya who had an affair with Zeus.
Hera, Zeus's wife, killed or kidnapped Lamia's children, and Lamia became a child-eating monster with a human upper body and a snake lower body.
Both Lilith and Lamia are associated with night, seduction, and child-harm, but they have different origins and appearances.
Lilith is more of a demonic spirit, while Lamia is more of a hybrid creature.

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