Limos was the goddess of starvation and famine in Greek mythology, the opposite of the goddess of harvest, Demeter, with whom they could never meet in person. She was the daughter of the goddess of strife, Eris. She had numerous siblings, including Horcus, Ponos, Algea, the Hysminai, the Makhai, the Phonoi, the Androktasiai, the Neikea, the Pseudologoi, the Amphilogiai, Dysnomia, Ate, and Lethe. They were all personifications of wrong doings or negative situations, such as pain, fights, murder, lies and forgetfulness.
She was said to dwell in a barren wasteland where nothing could grow out of the earth. Demeter sought Limos' help, after she was angered by Erysichthon, king of Thessaly, for destroying her sacred grove. Demeter sent an oread nymph as her messenger, asking Limos to take over Erysichthon with an unquenchable hunger. Limos agreed, and filled his lungs, throat and mouth with herself. Erysichthon then started eating uncontrollably, until he ended up eating himself.
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