My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Lamia

October 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm (fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , , )

Back to Greek mythology, because it’s one of the main sources of inspiration for my writing, we have the lamia. There are many variations of this mythical creature, who was once a regular woman but was transformed into a half-woman, half-snake (from the waist down.) This change came, according to some versions of the myth, after an enraged Hera forced her to devour her own children.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the devouring of children of became a habit for the lamia, probably why she is considered to be one of the more monstrous of mythical creatures. There is also a suggestion that she was unable to close her eyes because she would see herself devouring her children if she did so. Instead, Zeus allowed her the ability to pluck out her eyes (and return them again) which also came with the gift of foresight.

Above is my sketch of the lamia.

1 Comment

  1. Jae said,

    Ooooh! I really like that sketch!

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