Showing posts with label The Lamia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Lamia. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Lamia

The Lamia-
The Lamia in one of her many forms
In my next tale I will bring you to the beautiful story/sad story of Lamai. It seems that its origins has many different folktales within the Greek Mythology. It seems that the main story that most folktales come from
and the Greeks tale the story is that of Lamia -was a Libyan Queen who was loved by the God Zeus. However, when Zeus's Jealous wife the Goddess Hera learned of their affair she stole away her children. So
You would image how the Libyan Queen would have felt when her children were taken from her. In those ancient times it wasn't easy of women to have children.. The child bearing years were very difficult.. So It is said that Lamia went mad with grief and tore out her own beautiful eyes when she could not find her children.
So In a nut shell of sorts - LA'MIA - LAMIA -Daughter of God of Water/Oceans Poseidon, she became by Zeus; God of all Gods the Mother of the Sibyl Herophile. After becoming the Mother of Sibyl; Herophile/female Phantom by which all children were frightened - According to the ancient traditions; She was originally a beautiful Libyan queen of great beauty and the daughter of Belus. Lamia was beloved by 
Zeus, and Hera his Queen in her jealousy robbed her of her children. Lamia, from revenge and despair, robbed others of their children, and murdered them savagely cruelty in which she now indulged rendered her ugly and her face became fearfully distorted because of her hatred, revenge and despair of loosing her own
The Lamia as Lamiae
when she would shape shift into
a very attractive ghostly
woman use her voluptuous
artifices to attracted young men
then enjoy their pure flesh
and blood
children. Lamia had let it consume her very soul it seems. It was said that Zeus gave her the power of taking her eyes out of her head and putting them back again when need.

There are some ancients that called her the mother of Scylla, but In later times Lamiae as she was called was 
conceived as a very attractive ghostly woman who would by her voluptuous artifices ways attracted young handsome men, in order to enjoy their young fresh, Youthful and pure flesh and blood. is what she craved.  Thus the ancient Vampires legends were born. I will have a link below that will give you a bit more info on this subject... But of course there is more to this tale... In this part of the tale of Lamia I am going to talk a bit about the women of Greek Mythology and their plight of being born beautiful/this could be either an Queen; Princess; Nymphs or all types; Muses; or just lovers humans. Some how they all manage to get into the sight of the Almighty God Zeus. And as we all know Zeus get what he wants all the time in the ancient days of Greece. One of his favorite things to do was to entertain young beautiful women/girls/lovers and bring them into his royal bedroom chambers on Mount Olympian. The problem was these beautiful young girls/women of all types were the ones that would get blamed afterward. Never did Zeus get blamed for his infidelity to his wife Hera the Goddess of Mount Olympian. So the story of Lamia was actually typical in the life of all woman of ancient Greece that caught the great God Zeus eye. Even today we will never really know when Lamia as the Queen of Libya came to Zeus by choice or by force. This seems to be the pattern to many of
Zeus affairs. As in all his affairs Hera took her anger out on the Innocent young women/girls that were
probably force into their bed chamber. Of course this has ran its course even to modern times.. It seems like
The Lamia as a beauty with
 the snake at the waist
that everyone in someway were connected to each other in the ancient Greek times like Lamia being the daughter of the God of Poseidon.. It is said that before being transformed into the horrible monster - according to other version of the legend that when Lamia remove her eyes and put them back in again at will
the Lamia was then again a beautiful young woman again and could attract the attention of the gods even Zeus himself.  I found doing this post that there were many different versions from many writers. Some say the  Lamia was a shark others a snake, serpent's tail that began at the waist.. its truly hard to tell who is telling the true. they all are for she probably was all of these different creatures. It seems that the myth of the
The Lamia
Seduce men to drink their
BLOOD
Lamia became less of a monster about devouring children around the world in full to more on the
sucking of just their blood. So there became the vampire figure of ancient times, rumors of her presence were used by mothers in ancient  Greece to scare their young ones - probably to get to them to behave kinda like our bogeyman ...So there you have the Lamia throughout Greek Mythology History for ever changing in time shifting and changing over time and so has the legend/myth of the Lamia too As she has changed to a vampire to a more modern time monster. So instead of having a serpent tail, shark, dragon etc - Lamia remains as finally as a beautiful woman type of monster as she is depicted 'The  1909 painting The Lamia by Herbert James Draper - and was said to seduce men to order to drink their blood and drain their life -'  So the tale of the Lamia has gone full circle, from a beautiful maiden to monster that eats all children for vengeance of her own without a care to later; again a beauty maiden that is the first of the legends of vampires that seduced young men in order to drink their blood.  It is a strange thing how the world works and how we see what a monster might be to ones eyes! Looking at Herbert James Draper painting  of the Lamia as on of the first 'monsters of the Vampires its hard for me to see her as a monster compared to the 21st century and all our are high tech ... movies, TV. and even paintings. It seems that it was a much more innocence time then with monsters...etc. I hope anyways that you all  Enjoyed this post on the Lamia. I will try my best my dears to write more fun, interesting stories and tales for you all my dears readers, friends and followers Your 
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