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[[Category:Demon Names]]
''For other uses of the word [[Succubus]], see [[Succubus (disambiguation)]].''
''For other uses of the word [[Lilith]], see [[Lilith (disambiguation)]].''  '''Lilitu''' are described as an evil female spirit in ancient Semitic legend, alleged to haunt deserted places and attack children. The word ''lilu'' means spirit in the Akkadian Language, and the male ''lili'' and female ''lilitu'' are found in incantation texts from Nippur, Babylonia c600 BC in both singular and plural forms.<ref>Lesses, Rebecca ''Exe(o)rcising Power: Women as Sorceresses, Exorcists, and Demonesses in Babylonian Jewish Society of Late Antiquity'' 2001 JAAR Journal of the American Academy of Religion [http://jaar.oxfordjournals.org/content/69/2/343.abstract Abstract] pp. 343–375</ref> Among the spirits the ''vardat lilitu'', or ''maiden spirit'' bears some comparison with later Talmudic legends of [[Lilith]].<ref>Georges Contenau ''La Magie chez les Assyriens et les Babyloniens'', Paris, 1947.</ref><ref>Georges Contenau ''Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria'' translated by KR Maxwell-Hyslop and AR Maxwell-Hyslop (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1954)</ref><ref>Fauth, Wolfgang (1982) ''Lilitu und die Eulen von Pylos''. In Tischler, Johann. (ed.). ''Serta Indogermanica: Festschrift für Günter Neumann zum 60. Geburtstag''. pp. 60–61</ref><ref>S. Lackenbacher, RA 65 (1971)</ref> A ''lili'' is related to witchcraft in the Sumerian incantation Text 313.<ref>Graham Cunningham ''Deliver me from evil: Mesopotamian incantations, 2500–1500 BC'' 1997 p104</ref>  ==See Also==*[[Lilith]].  ==References==<references/>

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