We are what we believe ourselves to be. For Dema Culver, her very survival depends on the power of that belief.
Dema Culver discovers her Lamia heritage and becomes a modern shaman, a shape-shifter.
Shamanism is not an organized religion. It is the oldest form of human spiritualism, and the most fundamental, inherent in all of us. Dema can be lighthearted and irreverent at times, but that is the attitude of the true shaman.
From such have come philosophers and saints, sages and prophets, since the dawn of time. Such men drink deeply from the well of awe, submerge themselves in spiritual things. Some will proclaim they've seen the face of God. These may draw followers to their beliefs, priesthoods who preach their God to other men and bid them bow to images they make.
Such images are many, none are true, they are but masks of God, aspects at best. Those who would truly know the God of men turn from such idols and know that they see a mask of God in every human face.
Behind that mask is where the spirit dwells, making a world that only it can see. There freedom lies, the Lamia knows her task is the defense of that domain for all.