Lamia Picture

In Greek mythology Lamia was one of the monstrous bogeys that terrified children and the naive, like her daughter Scylla, or Empousa. Laimos is the gullet, and she had a cannibal appetite for children that could be interpreted as a dangerous erotic appetite for men.
Lamia is daughter of Poseidon and Lybie—no more than a personification of Libya—and a queen of Libya herself, whom Zeus loved, Aristophanes tells (in Peace). Hera either turned her into a monster—if she was not already one of Hecate's brood—or when Hera killed all of Lamia's children save Scylla, the grief turned her into a monster. Lamia had the gift to be able to take her eyes out and then put them back in, the mark of a Sibyl possessed with the second sight: compare the Graeae and the Norns. A paternalistic embroidery on this archaic mytheme is that this gift was the gift of Zeus, and by a further explanatory improvisation, that Lamia was "cursed" with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children.
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