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lamiaVII by ephemeral-d lamiaVII by ephemeral-d
In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia (Greek: Λάμια) was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.[1]

In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus' jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia's children (except for Scylla, who is herself cursed) and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others. Another version has Hera merely stealing away all of Lamia's children and it being Lamia herself, losing her mind from grief and despair, who starts stealing and devouring others' children out of envy, the repeated monstrosity of which transforms her into a monster on its own.

Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist.[2] This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819.[3] Antoninus Liberalis uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina Sybaris; however, Diodorus Siculus describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.[4]

Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.[5]

In later stories, Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts (see Horace, below) say Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia's monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera's wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or—in some rare versions—a natural result of being Hecate's daughter.[6]

Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. The purpose of this ability is unclear in Diodorus, but other versions state Lamia's ability to remove her eyes came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children and to let her rest since she could not close her eyes
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style and I love that you put up all of this mythology along with it:)
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ephemeral-d Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem^^
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style and I love that you put up all of this mythology along with it:)
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dholms Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is pretty much gorgeous.
your work is so immaculately detailed.
i love how you did those figures in the background.
dig the contrast between the central figure and the background.
heck. the central figure alone could have been a piece of art by itself.
very nice.
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ephemeral-d Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww, thank you a lot! :hug:
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Noirerora Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Photographer
faszinierend
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ephemeral-d Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
danke :hug:
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DariaHow2do Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Это потрясающе! Как ты рисуешь?
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ephemeral-d Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, can't speak russian :hmm:
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