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  • 2: "Suidas" (Col. 1227) "tells of certain empusae that used to appear at noon, at such times as the Greeks did celebrate the funerals of the dead; and at this time some of the Russians do fear the noon-day devil, which appeareth like a mourning widow to reapers of hay and corn, and uses to break their arms and legs unless they worship her."

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works 1895


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  • In Greek lore, a malevolent and sensual female demon. They could assume the form of either animals, or that of beautiful women, and when they were in the form of women, they behaved as succubi and copulated with men.

    They were the daughters of Hecate, and scared to death or ate anyone who traveled along the paths and roads that they inhibited. They are sometimes described as having donkey-like legs and brazen slippers.

    One way to get rid of the empusae is to insult them, which will cause them to run off screaming.

    (from Mystical Creature A Day)

    May 30, 2008

  • Ha ha! That last sentence cracks me up!

    May 30, 2008

  • So you could you say something like: "Where did you get those brazen slippers -- Pay Less?" Or: "Hey, Hew-Haw legs, what's up?" And they would run away?

    May 30, 2008

  • I love nothing better than to send empusae running off screaming. Brazen slippers indeed.

    May 30, 2008