The vampyre originate from the ancient bird or snake goddess known as Lilith (Lillu/Lillitu). Given descriptions of Quetzalcoatl, it is not difficult to imagine her as a winged or feathered serpent. This dovetails with origin stories of the vampyre being both of the serpent and of the fallen. While there are many stories regarding the first vampyre, it was this ancient goddess–a winged demoness. This is also why the vampyre lines are matrilineal. The “Burney Relief” looks more akin to a harpy but is, in fact, a Lilitu (also known as Lil). The Lil are considered to be direct descendants of this ancient dark goddess. Always natural born, the Lil are recognizable by their wings (if still attached) and their curved toes that resemble talons.
Another embodiment of the Lilitu is seen in the Goddess Aphrodite. While Aphrodite is commonly regarded as a goddess of love and beauty, she is also a dark goddess. Aphrodite being a dark goddess refers to her domain over war and passion. Aphrodite is said to be born of the sea. This ties to the myth of Melusine, the mother goddess of many royal bloodlines.She is also referred to as Venus, the morningstar, in the Roman pantheon.
Aphrodite is sometimes depicted as riding a swan/goose. This not only possibly links her story and lineage to the swan princess of Grimm’s story of the “Six Swans,” but also to none other than Mother Goose.
The word/name Aphrodite might have some relation to the story of the Tuatha de Danaan. The mythic race of people who eventually settled in various parts of the world were believed to have arrived in Ireland in a mist. They were also known as the “shining ones.” In her book Aphrodite, Monica S. Cyrino notes: