1607 Edward Topsell killer breasted Lamia

1607 Edward Topsell killer breasted Lamia

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Caption: The terrifying Lamia from Edward Topsell's 'The History of Foure-Footed Beasts' 1607. My later colouring. A scaly quadruped with the hind legs of a goat, fore legs of a bear and the chest and head of a woman. Topsell states that when a lamia sees a man they 'lay open their breastes, and by the beauty thereof, entice them to come neare to conference, and so having them within their compasse, they devoure and kill them'.

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Keywords: 1600s, 17th century, animal, bizarre, breast, color, colour, edward, fantasy, history of foure footed beasts, lamia, lure, monster, mythical, predator, seduction, sex, sexual, strange, topsel, topsell, unusual, woman

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