Lilin

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In Mesopotamian demonology, Lilin were hostile night spirits that attack men. They had less power than gods. They were also the Hebrew word for both the Succubus and Incubus spirits of other legends as a single concept that would be both of them together but the word only included those Succubae and Incubi that were the sons and daughters of a Lilith like creature or even Lilith herself, for those older, more physically and mentally mature spirits were known as the Lilitu in Hebrew mythology[1]

In Jewish mythology, Lilin (Hebrew: לילין) is a term for night spirits. In Targum Sheni Esther 1:3 King Solomon, who commanded all spirits, had the lilin dance before.[2][3][4][5] Lilith and her children, the Lilim, are considered to be night spirits. Lilith is also considered by older Jewish tradition to be Cain's wife. [6]

In the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch, Lilin come from the desert [7] and they are similar to shedim.[8]

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  1. ^ The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity By Jeffrey Burton Russell
  2. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  3. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  4. ^ The Open court, a monthly magazine: Volume 44 1930 "3 The Hebrew word lilin is not a true plural of lilith. We would expecl lilitim or lilitos as a plural. The word is in reality the masculine counterpari of lilith and denotes a male night-monster. presented our common ancestor with a daughter named ..."
  5. ^ The sayings of the Jewish fathers: (Pirke aboth) 1919 "... this is the most general term for them, though various other grades of them are mentioned in the Talmud and kindred writings : shedim = "evil genii," an Assyrio-Bab. loan-word ; lilin, probably evil spirits of the night, also from the Assyrio-Bab.;
  6. ^ Cain's Wife Lilith's Daughter, Walter Hugh Parks
  7. ^ R H Charles translation
  8. ^ The Apocalypse of Baruch