An incubus is a male demon who preys on women, especially while they are sleeping. They rape and impregnate women. The victim may wake during the rape, or may not know anything has happened until her health suddenly deteriorates as she hosts the Incubus’ parasitic baby.
5 Creepy Facts About The Incubus Demon
1. Because the incubus demon visits it’s victim at night, the word “incubus” comes from the Latin word incubo which literally means “a nightmare induced by such a demon”.
2. Because an incubus demon can become fixated on a particular victim, some women have died from exhaustion after being visited by the same incubus demon over and over.
3. The incubus demon is mentioned in the earliest work of fiction we still have today, The Epic of Gilgamesh. In it, Gilgamesh’s father is said to be a demon who attacks women in their sleep.
4. In some traditions, an incubus demon will put its victim in a trance so that they are unable to move or call for help.
5. One study found that as many as 11 percent of people will have an experience in their lifetime that may be described similarly to an attack by an incubus demon, though the study characterized the phenomena as a form of sleep paralysis.
Variations Of The Incubus Demon
The female version of an incubus is a succubus. They are female demons that visit men at night and can become pregnant by them. Some people believe incubus demons and succubus demons are the same entities — possessing the ability to switch between male and female forms.
Incubus Demon Around The World
Stories of the incubus demon and succubus demon are told in many different cultures around the world.
German folklore: The Alp is a vampire-like creature who visits its victims at night. It wears a cape called a Tarnkappe which is imbued with magical powers.
African folklore: The Popobawa is a shape-shifting evil spirit who stalks victims at night from the shadows. The way to stop a Popobawa from repeatedly attacking you is to tell other people you’ve been victimized by one.
Chilean folklore: The Trauco is a small, ugly, humanoid creature who attracts and attacks women. These attacks aren’t restricted to night time, but the victims often end up pregnant.
Hungarian folklore: The Lidérc is a “Satanic lover”. It can have the body of a human, but leaves the footsteps of a horse.
South African folklore: A Tikoloshe is a small, hairy supernatural being who is said to rape women and bite off children’s toes while they are sleeping.
Norse folklore: A Mare is a demonic being that sits on a sleeping person’s chest and causes them to have nightmares.
Western Christianity: the well respected Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas believed in the incubus demon (and, in succubus demons), saying “Still, if some are occasionally begotten from demons, it is not from the seed of such demons, nor from their assumed bodies, but from the seed of men, taken for the purpose; as when the demon assumes first the form of a woman, and afterwards of a man; just so they take the seed of other things for other generating purposes.”