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Lilin (Hebrew: לילין) were hostile night spirits that attacked men in ancient Mesopotamian religion and Jewish folklore.


In Jewish mythology, Lilin is a term for night spirits.[1][2][3][full citation needed][4][full citation needed]

Biblical apocrypha[edit]

In the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch, lilin come from the desert[a] and they are similar to shedim.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ R. H. Charles translation


  1. ^ "LILITH -". Jewish Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ "DEMONOLOGY -". Jewish Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ The Open Court. 44. 1930. 3 The Hebrew word lilin is not a true plural of lilith. We would expect lilitim or lilitos as a plural. The word is in reality the masculine counterpart of lilith and denotes a male night-monster. presented our common ancestor with a daughter named ... {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ 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.;
  5. ^ Charles, Robert Henry (1 January 1896). The Apocalypse of Baruch. A. and C. Black. p. 16. Retrieved 21 September 2016 – via Internet Archive. Lilin.