The Lampads or Lampades were the nymphs of the Underworld. Zeus offered them as a gift to Hekate for her assistance to the Olympian gods during the Titanomachy. The Lampads carry torches and accompany the goddess during her wanderings at night. Should anyone be unlucky enough to come across them, the torches could drive them mad. Since they inhabited the infernal regions, the nymphs became associates of other underground goddesses such as Persephone. In that capacity, they could be the divine equivalent of the Eleusinian mystai, who carried torches and participated in nocturnal rituals searching for the lost Kore.
Terracotta figurine of female wearing a polos and holding a piglet in her right hand. From the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Ancient Corinth, 320-200 BCE, sculpture, Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Αρχαίας Κορίνθου © Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Αρχαίας Κορίνθου