Lara was a Naiad or nymph, daughter of the river Almon in Roman mythology. She was famous for both beauty and loquaciousness — a trait her parentsclarify
attempted to curb. She was incapable of keeping secrets, and so revealed to Jupiter's wife Juno his affair with Juturna (Larunda's fellow nymph, and the wife of Janus). For betraying his trust, Jupiter cut out Lara's tongue and ordered Mercury, the psychopomp, to conduct her to Avernus, the gateway to the Underworld and realm of Pluto. Mercury, however, fell in love with Larunda and made love to her on the way. Lara thereby became mother to two children, referred to as the Lares, invisible household gods. But she had to stay in a hidden cottage in the woods so that Jupiter would not find her.