In my book, Demon’s Bond, Meggie agrees to help Kyle and Jim get rid of what she mistakenly believes to be a Succubus. I did a ton of research into all kinds of Succubus and Incubus legends, read a lot of personal experiences on internet forums, and then mashed them all together into my own understanding of this legendary creature. I combined what I found with my own imagination, and hopefully my readers will never know which part is which.
For the sake of this particular post, most of the information I’m sharing came from Wikipedia and angelfire.com. That being said, here’s the run-down on Succubi and Incubi.
This demon is widely regarded as female and predominantly attacks men. Most believe that a Succubus only appears in dreams, but there have been stories where the creature appears in corporeal form. They are said to drain their victim of their life force, resulting in overwhelming fatigue, and in some cases death.
The most popular version of this myth stems from stories of Lilith, the first female created. According to legend, she was made as Adam was, from the clay, and therefore had no emotional ties to him (as Eve did when she was made from his ‘rib’). She left him for Lucifer (or Samael in some stories), and was turned into an insatiable sex machine – a Succubus. (Other stories say Lilith sired a slew of little demon babies called Lilin with fallen angels.)
As per usual in mythology, while the creature may appear quite beautiful, there will be deformities upon closer inspection. Some say talons or tails, though for my money I don’t see how these things could be hidden. But, like all things evil, there must be something wrong with it physically, right?
To write this post, I visited www.angelfire.com/ks/cybersuccubus/demonology.html I had to point this out because this was not a site I visited when I did my research for Demon’s Bond, and in my story I theorized that Succubi and Incubi were the same thing, as demons would have no gender, and just changed their appearance based on the preference of their victim. So when I saw the same theory on angelfire.com, I had to throw it in here.
Also according to angelfire.com, the word Succubus comes from the Latin ‘succuba meaning prostitute, which in turn comes from medieval Latin sub cubaire meaning ‘that which lies beneath’. The male version is the incubus (from Latin- ‘that which lies above’).’ (For more info click the link above.)
Other places I looked at in my research all suggested that it was easy to get rid of Succubi, and some of the forums I read suggested it was cruel to get rid of a creature that was essentially harmless. Yet old stories say Succubi either drain its victim of life, breath, their soul or their sperm (in order to have demon babies called Cambion).
This is the male version that attacks females, but this one is a little older, and has a special twist that Succubi don’t have. (Male dominated history, people- the women must be demons, while the men are seemingly excused.) Apparently, Incubi legends go all the way back Mesopotamia, where Gilgamesh’s father visited women in the night and seduced them in their sleep. Some also considered them sylvans and fauns, popular in Greek and Roman mythology, but then Thomas Aquinas said they were demons, so that was that (and it leveled the playing field between male and female sex demons).
‘It became generally accepted that incubi and succubi were the same demon, able to switch between male and female forms.’ (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incubus). Wow, had I but known that was actually a working theory, I wouldn’t have debated with myself for so long before using it in Demon’s Bond. See, I was originally going to use the two-different-types-of-demons school of thought, but my brain kept telling me to make them the same. Now I am corroborated by two other sources.
Again, Wikipedia was not a site I used in my research, but I guess I should have. According to the site (click the link above to see it for yourself) Succubi slept with men, gathered their seed and then changed into Incubi to impregnate their female victims. In spite of all reproductive donations (or thefts, depending on how you look at it) being human, this resulted in supernatural (demon) babies.
Some stories say that Incubi can actually father children on their own, however, and this is where Cambion come from. A popular theory claims this was Merlin’s genesis, his father was an Incubus.
Succubi and Incubi can be gotten rid of through exorcism, though most of my research sources overwhelmingly advised people to let the thing go away on its own – which it does after a night or two. In Demon’s Bond, I borrowed ideas for a few banishing rituals from various Wiccan websites with a healthy dose of interrogation of my friend, who lives the lifestyle. (Um, should you read my book, don’t use the rituals, because they are completely made up. I only borrowed bits of rituals, not full rituals, and God only knows what will happen if you attempt to use them.)
Demon’s Bond takes a bunch of different theories and glues them together. I don’t list any sources for my book because I got things from everywhere, and never used any piece of information directly, or in its entirety. However, for this post I did, and I have credited my sources (additionally, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succubus ). They are great places to start looking if you’re interested in learning more, otherwise just do an internet search and thousands of things will pop up to lead you on your journey.
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