Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 32 - Lamia

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 32 - Lamia

Welcome to the thirty-second issue of my weekly news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!
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This week's creature feature is: Lamia

Note:  This article will cover many creatures, variously described as Lamia, Naga, Medusa, etc.  While "Naga" seems to be the most popular name for these creatures, most actually look more like descriptions of Lamia.  Also, the descriptions in this article do not include the Nāga of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, as I generally try to avoid including contemporary mainstream religious figures in fantasy articles.


From Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamia_(m… and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamia_(D… :

In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. While the word lamia literally means large shark in Greek, Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.
Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist. This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819.
Mothers throughout Europe used to threaten their children with the story of Lamia. Leinweber states, "She became a kind of fairy-tale figure, used by mothers and nannies to induce good behavior among children."
The lamia was introduced to the D&D game in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons… where it is described as having the upper torso, arms, and head of a human female, and the lower body of a beast, whose touch drains a creature's wisdom.
One type of rarer lamia is the lamia noble. These beings rule over other lamias and the locations they inhabit. Unlike normal lamias, they have the lower bodies of serpents. Males fight with curved swords and magic, while females only with magic. Lamia nobles are also capable of venturing further from their lairs than other lamias, and prefer to go into urbanized areas in the guise of a human to infiltrate human and demihuman societies. Lamia nobles are given to outbursts of senseless violence. They can speak all forms of human and demihuman language.




Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:


The Lamia by Ice-brand The Naga by LeafOfSteel The Desert Princess by Yuko-Kitsune Comission - Deis by StriderDen Fisherman Naga by curiousping
Sea Snake by ScienceCandy lamia by viveer Commission: Naga by redgvicente Sleeping naga by jaserzhang :thumb156687619: Lamia by timswit
:thumb168667267: The Naga is Glazed by AlysaTaladay Adonis 2010 by Umbral-Illustrations lamia color by amymiu :thumb157602172: :thumb162319015:
:thumb162951742: Medusa Commission by froggiechan Color Green by freyah Lamia by rebenke Naga - Lin Mombashi by Nasnet Male Naga by Reylena
Zonos as Asian Lord of Naga by DeZarin Sepia lamia by Hbruton Naga by PaulAbrams Medusa by GENZOMAN lamia scale scale XD by metal-otaku
Naga Queen by GRAPHICSOUL :thumb115041652: Dota fanart- Naga Siren v2 by yiyang1989 Long-Leggity Naga Raj by JazzyDaSane THE SACRED POOL -NAGA PAINTING by Imperess Lamia by M-Skirvin
:thumb34290327: Medusa by mattwatier Naga by felixxkatt :thumb131126682: :thumb33978775: Lamia by Ruuzaki
Dendrai - Naga by sidian Naga King by KarenF Desert Naga by jollyjack Wolrd Cup showgirl-01 by jaserzhang Wind Naga by LRJProductions :thumb69475087:
Rattlesnake Naga by solipherus Anima: Medusa by Wen-M :thumb59721014: Lamia by Muffinina Naga Night by NEPi Perler Bead FF3J Naga by pinkdramon  
:thumb48365215: :thumb167494440: Medusa by Evolvana commission for timing2 by arseniquez Ekidona by K-cross


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Previous Issues:
Week 1 - Unicorns: news.deviantart.com/article/78…
Week 2 - Merfolk: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 3 - Eastern Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 4 - Kitsune: news.deviantart.com/article/80…
Week 5 - Alicorn: news.deviantart.com/article/81…
Week 6 - Gnomes: news.deviantart.com/article/82…
Week 7 - Tanuki: news.deviantart.com/article/83…
Week 8 - Centaurs: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 9 - Special Edition: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 10 - Orcs: news.deviantart.com/article/85…
Week 11 - Dryad: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 12 - Halflings: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 13 - Elves: news.deviantart.com/article/88…
Week 14 - Faeries: news.deviantart.com/article/92…
Week 15 - Vampires: news.deviantart.com/article/93…
Week 16 - Sphinx: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 17 - Griffin: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 18 - Phoenix:  news.deviantart.com/article/95…
Week 19 - Djinn: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 20 - Werewolves: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 21 - Selkie: news.deviantart.com/article/98…
Week 22 - Gargoyles: news.deviantart.com/article/99…
Week 23 - Western Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 24 - Drow: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 25 - Yeti: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 26 - Kirin: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 27 - Satyr: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 28 - Hippocampus: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 29 - Manticore: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 30 - Leprechauns: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 31 - Pegasus: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
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Hey, Thank you for featuring my art! All those favs are thanks to this article,lol!