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Lamashtu (Assyro-Babylonian deity)

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Personal name headingLamashtu (Assyro-Babylonian deity)
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Variant(s)Dimme (Assyro-Babylonian deity)
Lamaštu (Assyro-Babylonian deity)
Lamatu (Assyro-Babylonian deity)
Found inLamaštu, 2014.
Goddesses and Gods, viewed 5 May 2014: (Goddess Lamatu: LAMAsTU is an Akkadian demon Goddess. She preyed on pregnant women, causing them to miscarry and then taking their babies. She also caused childhood diseases, and would steal breastfeeding babies from their mothers. She is usually depicted with a lion's head and a hairy body; bare breasted, a dog and a pig feed at her breasts. Lamastu also caused disease, poisoned rivers, brought nightmares, and drank the blood of her victims. Her name means "she who erases" and is also seen as LAMASHTU)
Golariopedia, 5 May 2014: (Lamashtu (pronounced lah-MAHSH-too)[1] is the mother and patroness of many misshapen and malformed creatures that crawl, slither, or flap on, above, or below the surface of Golarion)
Wikipedia, 5 May 2014: (Lamashtu: In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamashtu (Akkadian La-maš-tu; Sumerian Dimme Dim3-me) was a female demon, monster, malevolent goddess or demigoddess who menaced women during childbirth and, if possible, kidnapped children while they were breastfeeding. She was a daughter of the Sky God Anu. Lamashtu is depicted as a mythological hybrid, with a hairy body, a lioness' head with donkey's teeth and ears, long fingers and fingernails, and the feet of a bird with sharp talons. She is often shown standing or kneeling on a donkey, nursing a pig and a dog, and holding snakes. She thus bears some functions and resemblance to the Mesopotamian demon Lilith)