A succubus (plural succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman to seduce men, especially monks, [Curran, Bob (2006), "Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to Creatures That Cannot Rest in Peace", p. 21, Career Press, ISBN 1564148416] in dreams to have sexual intercourse, according to the medieval European legend. Their male counterpart is the incubus. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim.Fact|date=April 2008 One such story [Kramer, Heinrich and Sprenger, James (1486), Summers, Montague (translator - 1928), "The Malleus Maleficarum", Part2, Chapter 2, Question 1 ] relates to a man in the town of Coblenz, who has been bewitched by a succubus, with whom he is forced to repeatedly fornicate, whilst in the presence of his wife. The story goes on to say that "after an incredible number of such bouts, the poor man at last sinks to the floor utterly exhausted." From mythology and fantasy, Lilith and the Lilin (Jewish) and Lilitu (Sumerian) are in redactive Christian fables (folktales not part of official Christian theology), considered succubi.

According to the "Malleus Maleficarum", or "Witches' Hammer", written by Heinrich Kramer (Insitoris) in 1486, Succubi would collect semen from the men they slept with, which incubi would then use to impregnate women, [Kramer, Heinrich and Sprenger, James (1486), Summers, Montague (translator - 1928), "The Malleus Maleficarum", Part2, [ Chapter VIII] , "Certain Remedies prescribed against those Dark and Horrid Harms with which Devils may Afflict Men," at [] ] thus explaining how demons could apparently sire children in spite of the traditional belief that demons were incapable of reproduction through generative or gestative means. Children so begotten were supposed to be those that were born deformed, or more susceptible to supernatural influences.Lewis, James R., Oliver, Evelyn Dorothy, Sisung Kelle S. (Editor) (1996), "Angels A to Z", Entry: Incubi and Succubi, pp. 218, 219, Visible Ink Press, ISBN 0-7876-0652-9]

In Sri Lanka and other Buddhist cultures the Succubus is named as "Mohini" , where she would wait on the road with a white dress with a baby and ask for Men's help.


The word is derived from the Latin preposition "sub" (under), and "cubo", which is Latin for "I lie". The word "succubo" translates as "I lie below". [ [ succubus] at "Online Etymology Dictionary". Daniel Harper, copyright 2001]

ee also

*Al Basti
*Energy vampire
*Succubus in fiction


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