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LAMIA

(LAY-me-uh)
Variations: Lamie, Lamien, Lamies, Leecher, Swallower, Vrukalakos
In ancient Greece there was a vampiric being known as Lamia. Her name was used in early versions of the Bible to mean "screech owl" and "sea monster." She was a monstrous creature that fed exclusively on the flesh and blood of children each night. There are a number of vampiric beings, creatures, REVENANTS, and the like throughout ancient times that share the name Lamia, which translates as "dangerous lone-shark."
Source: Flint, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, 24, 131, 293; Thorndike, History of Magic, 515­17; Turner, Dictionary of Ancient Deities, 286
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