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Lamia is a child-stealing demon popular since the days of ancient Greece in European mythology. Her demonic character was the results of Hera destroying her children because she was Zeus' mistress. She is depicted with the head and breasts of a woman and the body of a snake. In mythical tale, one wonders if she corresponds to the Hebrews' Lilith. A.G.H.
Riland, George.The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal. New York Warner Books, Inc. 1980 p. 162