The helminth fauna of predatory birds (Accipitres and Striges
) of the environment of Lublin.
Following Carstairs's observation concerning parallels between Rajasthani and European witchcraft traditions, I now turn to Roman literary sources that refer to a class of powerful witches known as strix or striga (plural striges
) in Latin (Scobie 1978: 75, n.
In the story as Lawson records it, the two women are Striges
, capable of assuming other forms, and it is no surprise that they are drunkards (like Apuleius' Meroe), as well as hungry for human flesh.
Ovid's Metamorphoses are filled with magical transformations and in book 6 of his Fasti Ovid tells of the striges
, bloodthirsty birds, or old women transformed into evil owls.
The Gelludes, the Striges
, the Empusas, all the infernal goddesses