Female Phantom, Terrorizer of Children
The Mormolykeia are described as fearsome, elusive phantoms. Etymologically, the stem "-lyke" is derived from the Greek word for "wolf," suggesting perhaps that the Mormolykeia have sharp fangs and are of a predatory, voyeuristic nature.
- Primarily invoked by young mothers, nurses and female guardians to scare children into respecting their authority
- Some claim that these women supplicate Hecate, Goddess of Phantoms (among other things), who sends forth the Mormolykeia if she is persuaded
- Have been conflated by some with the Empousai and Lamiai
- These are fellow female phantoms and servants of Hecate, who not only terrorize children, but also seduce and devour young, foolish men, sometimes even while they sleep
- Named after Mormo of Corinth, a young mother who devoured her children and fled the polis, according to one source