Thursday, December 9, 2010

Abyzou, Slayer of Children

The Abyzou is a female demon in the folklore of the middle east. She is blamed for miscarriages and sudden infant death syndrome. In the Testament of Solomon she is described as is described as having a “greenish gleaming face with dishevelled serpent-like hair," and that she wanders the Earth looking to strangle newborns.

The Abyzou was often depicted on magical amulets, designed to ward her away from newborns.

1 comment:

  1. wow, sounds a lot like Harryhausen's Medusa from "Clash of the Titans" (the good one).