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For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).

A Succubus, also known as a demon lover in occult lore, is a lewd female demon or goblin which takes on the illusory appearance of a female human being and seeks sexual intercourse with men, usually while they are asleep. The princess of all the succubi is Nahemah. The male counterpart of a Succubus is called an Incubus. A semi-human offspring is called a Cambion.


According to the church fathers, the succubus was an angel who fell from grace because of his insatiable lust for men. As a demon, the Succubus continued with its carnal desires, preying upon vulnerable men, tempting them in their sleep and inciting sexual desires that only herself could satisfy.

Traditional wisdom professes that demons were only spirits and had no corporeal form. To be able to do his 'thing', Succubus was presumed to come upon its physical form in one of two ways: either reanimating a human corpse, or using human flesh to create a body of its own, which was then endowed with artificial life.

Especially mischievous and clever succubi made themselves appear in the persons of real people — a wife, a neighbor, a friend, a sexy maiden. So how could a man tell for sure if his lover was a demon or not? There were a few clues. If he freely admitted the succubus to his bed, it would have the power to put everyone else in the house into a deep sleep — even his wife, who might be lying right beside him.

According to the view of most medieval theologians, incubi outnumbered succubi by nine to one, but the ladies made up in menace for what they lacked in numbers by being alluring and persuasive, using their considerable charms to seduce men and lead them to eternal damnation.


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