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.”
Is An Incubus Demon The Same As A Vampire?
Vampires and incubus demons are similar enough that some people think the legend of one has originated from the legend of the other. The difference between an incubus demon and a vampire is that a vampire is essentially a zombie-like human — not a demonic entity. A vampire is a dead human, an incubus is non-human.
5 Ways To Prevent Being A Victim Of An Incubus Demon: What To Do If You Are Attacked By An Incubus Demon
These strategies come from the Malleus Maleficarum (translation: Hammer of Witches), a German treatise on witchcraft from the 16th century.
1. Exorcism. Getting a priest to perform an exorcism is historically how someone would overcome being attacked by an incubus demon. (Though, in contrast to the Malleus Maleficarum, at least one Christian priest, Ludovico Maria Sinistrari, has argued that this would not work because incubus demon “do not obey exorcists, have no dread of exorcisms, show no reverence for holy things, at the approach of which they are not in the least overawed.”
2. Regular Confession. Attending confession with a priest regularly can prevent you from being a victim of any kind of spiritual warfare, including an incubus demon.
3. Making The Sign Of The Cross or saying A Hail Mary. Bless yourself by moving your hand from forehead to belly to heart to the right side of your chest while saying: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” You can also say a Hail Mary asking for intercession in the situation:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
4. Switching locations. Simply leaving a place where an incubus demon has previously visited you could be helpful.
5. Excommunicating The Incubus Demon. Similar to exorcism, but would be used in its place if the incubus demon was possessing the body of a human instead of possessing its own body.
Personal Experiences With The Incubus Demon
Here are some personal experiences with incubus demons:
1. “About 3 years ago I visited my parents in the Philippines. They live in a a big house in a quiet province away from the city.
After a long flight from L.A and another flight to another island, I took a nap in one of the many rooms that they had. It was about mid afternoon. I was awaken to someone caressing my hair like it was moving it away from my face, I didn’t care at first because I was so tired and didn’t rationalize the situation yet. Then I felt someone kiss my lips, I still remember because I felt moist lips which was a little chapped kiss me gently while it put his hand behind my back to an arch. Only then did I realize that something was off. I was too scared to open my eyes because I didn’t want it to know I was awake, I taught it was a real person who broke in. When I suddenly had the courage to open my eyes it was a blueish clear figure on top of me. It was broad daylight. I couldn’t and didn’t want to look at him in the eyes, he just disappeared after ten seconds. I was freaked out I didn’t go back to sleep that day and ended up sleeping on a couch in my parents room.
I was around 25 that time. I don’t do drugs, or drink. Nothing could of altered to what I experience.” — Reddit user noCake4u.
2. “I was in a dark place and there was some kind of ritual going on. These two people threw me down into a coffin that was in an open grave and then something had me by the waist and raped me. I actually woke up having an orgasm. While drifting back to sleep I kept hearing this voice saying things like I’ve loved you from afar for so long, I adore you, just let me love you please. He said it over and over and over again just begging me. I kept getting flooded with warm and fuzzy, lovey-dovey images.
While this was happening I heard another voice say don’t fall for it. It will use whatever means it can think of to try and get you to consent. It will lie to you, it will guilt you, it will imitate past lovers in order to get to you. Just tell it to go away. So with a great deal of struggle I was able to tell it to go away.” — Reddit user zombiethoven.
3. “Yeah, I was with a guy for 2 years, and he would always tel me about scary and paranormal things that would happen at his house. he told me once that he was sleeping, and he woke up around 3 at night. He told me he couldn’t move for about 5 minutes and that he was covered in a cold sweat. All of the sudden he felt a cold hand on his neck. It started caressing him and he still couldn’t move. He then felt lips on his neck and whatever it was started kissing him. He told me of another time when he was washing his hair in the sink, because he didn’t want to get into the shower. I guess the sink was really deep and he could fit his whole head underneath the faucet. He then felt a force holding his head down in the water for almost a minute, and he was unable to breath. He told me that sucubuss’ could try and ruin the relationships of the people they’re following to try and get them all to themselves. We would argue and fight for no reason so I started to believe something was going on, like with sucubuss’.” — Reddit user Siennabears.
4. “Basically I was going on about 5 months without getting laid and no matter what I did I just couldn’t seem to make it happen and I was kinda obsessing over it. One night, being weird, I was laying in bed just staring into silent darkness to trip myself out. The air kinda looked like static and I thought to myself “Just let it happen” and that when I completely relaxed and tried to lose myself in the darkness.
I felt really comfortable and started feeling getting rushes of new energy. It felt good. Then it went to my dick and felt super good. I was just chilling thinking I was tripping. I felt an essence reach through my body and lightly holding onto my colon. It was gentle but it felt very strong and I felt comfortable that I wouldn’t be harmed because if it wanted to harm me, it could very easily. I could feel this energy on top of me and through me.
It kept getting more intense and I loved it. I wanted more and more. That’s when it hit me. “Holy shit. Is this a succubus?” I tried to lift my arms and couldn’t. I felt this weighted heavy comfort mixed with sexual invigoration and I didn’t even have to move. I eventually was able to lift my arm. Then I laid it down again and the process started back. I kept going back and forth because 1. It felt awesome and 2. From what I know about succubi, they are energy vampires and I can’t have that.
So with all the will power I could muster, I stopped this amazing (feeling) moment and forced myself out of bed to the couch where I watched youtube videos. The sensations started again and I was super turned on. I went back and forth once again until eventually I resorted to saying “No. In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to leave.” (even though I’m not a Christian. I’ve just heard that’s what you’re supposed to say) sitting up for 2 hours until finally going back to sleep.” — An anonymous Reddit user.
5. “It kinda comes naturally when you have the libido of an incubus yourself. I have 3-4 succubi around, depending on who I reach out to and I enjoy their company daily.
I don’t like to share the experiences I have with them because people tend to objectify them as some kind of tools to be used for their own needs and desires, only to discard them once they’re satisfied. Succubi don’t appreciate that, not one bit.
If you’re not just looking to use them for a quick fling and have specific questions, let me know.” — Reddit user robert812003.
The Incubus Demon In Pop Culture
There have been several movies based on the stories of incubus demons including Incubus (1966), The Incubus (1982), and Incubus (2006). The film Jennifer’s Body is about a woman who is turned into a succubus demon through an occult ritual:
The Amateur Night segment of horror anthology V/H/S is about a succubus demon:
A spinoff of this segment is the feature length movie SiREN, which also features a succubus.
Stephen King had a succubus demon in his Dark Tower series.
In the Twilight universe, author Stephanie Meyer explains incubus demon folklore as having originated from sightings of actual vampires who have impregnated women through consensual or non-consensual sex.
Is The Incubus Demon Real?
Skeptics say that because encounters with incubus demons happen while the victim is asleep (whether or not they wake up during the attack), the incubus demon is actually a product of sleep paralysis.
The incubus demon has also been cited as a possible way to explain real rapes or sexual assaults in cultures where women are otherwise unable to talk about it.