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Greek And Roman Mythology: Essay

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Lamia was the queen of Libya which is another name for North Africa in greek and roman mythology. She became a child eating daemon. Lamia was known for being beautiful. She was a mistress of Zeus. One of his many. Zeus is known as the god of the sky. He was also married to a woman named Hera. Hera was the goddess of women and marriage. She was known for being jealous of Zeus lovers and children. Hera was said to have killed all of lamias children. She killed them out of jealousy, and she kept one alive. The child of lamias she kept alive is named Scylla. The reasoning for keeping Scylla alive is because she was left cursed.
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The way lamia interacts with others is she is always jealous of other mothers. Because of the jealousy she ate the children of the mothers.
Lamias physical appearance is still questioned until this day. Many people believe that her face is distorted and nasty looking, and say that she has a human head and breasts, but below the waist is like a serpent. In other stories it is said that Lamia is a beautiful women with a serpent body which is like a tail below her waist. Her physical appearance is mostly known from the poem “Lamia” by John Keats. In greek Lamias name means “lone shark” , personally in my opinion I don't think that name depicts her well. I don't think this depicts her well because she was not a shark. Maybe she has shark ways such as being a cruel human eating individual but she was not a shark.
Lamias personality is never described in the sources I have read but I would assume her personality is careless considering she eats children. I would also assume her personality is kind of scared considering she has been through alot. My character lamia does not have any powers. She is only known as a daemon. A daemon is a demon in ancient greek religion and mythology. The myths of lamia are not used to describe or explain something in life. Lamia is just used for a good story to tell and to give children a quick little scare when they are acting up. Other stories of how lamia came to eat children was that the first human or child she ate made her body go under a chemical reaction that is still unexplained by science and claims lamia to now be forever cursed by god. Since I already explained the most famous Lamia It is said that there are other Lamias. The other lamias were made predators by eating another human then undergoing the chemical reaction. When mature the Lamia will find another lamia that is the opposite sex and try to mate with them. Finding a similar mate was very rare. The average lifespan of the lamia were around 50 years. The lamia are very different in appearance. Like Lamia from different continents have different assets. Such as Lamia from Africa have yellow scales to blend in with the saharan grass. And northern american Lamia will have green scales like the surrounding green forest or culture. ...

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