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5 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”.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. In some traditions, an incubus demon will put its victim in a trance so that they are unable to move or call for help.
  1. 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.

Stories of the incubus 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.”
  1. 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.
  1. 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.”

  1. Switching locations. Simply leaving a place where an incubus demon has previously visited you could be helpful.
  1. 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.
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Panni
Some linguistics loveliness: both in Hungarian and and German the words for nightmare are containing their own incubui. Lidércnyomás - the pressure of the incubus and Albtraum - the dream of Alb
EscapeAuthor
That's interesting
Panni
Escape, I’m also suspecting that the word nightmare has to do with the Norse mare, I’m not sure though.
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