Lamia

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Lamia
Powers and Abilities Strong with large claws, they kill humans and eat their hearts.
Vulnerabilities Silver knife blessed by a priest; rosemary, salt, and fire.
Appearance Humanoid
Episode(s) 6.04 Weekend at Bobby's

History

Based on the shadow it casts on the wall of a rectory, the lamia is a humanoid monster. It is strong and has large claws that it uses to tear open the chest cavities of its victims. It then feeds on its victims' hearts. It has a high-pitched, warbling scream. To kill a lamia, it needs to be stabbed with a silver knife that has been blessed by a priest. It can also be killed by covering it in a combination of rosemary and salt and then setting it on fire. They are usually only seen in Greece, but Dean and Sam hunt and kill one in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[1] It is possible that the silver, blessed knife doesn't work when they attempt it because the creature, like werewolves, have altered after the Apocalypse is averted.[1][2]

Characteristics

Powers and Abilities

  • Superior strength
  • Large claws

Weaknesses

  • Silver - Stabbing a lamia with a silver knife blessed by a priest can kill it.
  • Rosemary, salt, and fire - Covering a lamia in rosemary and salt and then setting it on fire can kill it.

Episodes

The claw of a lamia.

6.04 Weekend at Bobby's

Sam and Dean are in Wisconsin on the trail of a monster that cracks open the bodies of its victims. It leaves a large black claw in the chest cavity of the latest victim, and they call Bobby for help. Even though Bobby says that he's busy, he spends hours researching, going so far as to break into a University library to find a book that he needs. It's early morning the next day when he calls Dean to tell him that they're hunting a lamia. Usually only in Greece, a Lamia "juices hearts and chugs the blood." He tells them it can be killed by a silver knife blessed by a priest.

Later in the episode, Dean calls Bobby and asks for an alternate method they can use to kill the lamia. Apparently, they went to a rectory, but the priest they asked to bless the knife was killed by the lamia and Sam is being tossed around by it. Bobby is surrounded by law enforcement when Dean calls, so he tells Dean to find salt and rosemary and "blend the herbs, saute over a high heat, and cook well." Dean finds salt and rosemary in the rectory's kitchen and tosses them on the lamia. He then disconnects the gas line from the back of the stove and creates a makeshift flamethrower that he uses to roast the lamia, killing it.

Lamia in Lore

In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating demon. While the word lamia literally means "large shark" in Greek, Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet, referring to her habit of devouring children.

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