Benevolent and protective spirits of ancient Chaldea, the lamas
supervised the welfare of mortals and were usually depicted as
female, their likenesses carved beside doors to sacred chambers to
repel evil. In later myths, they took different shapes and were
named, such as lion headed Nigal and bull torsoed Kirub. Most often,
however, the lama was shown as a winged hybrid creature, and may
have been linked to the goddess spirit who presided over the home
and the heart, Lamaria.