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Facts About Succubi, The Alluring And Misunderstood Demon Women  

Cheryl Adams Richkoff
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The succubus, a female sexual demon, is a paranormal entity with a history that dates back thousands of years. Every culture seems to possess a succubus myth. Succubi approach men in a variety of ways, usually while they are sleeping, then seduce them. Often men report that their experiences with succubi are positive and enjoyable, but just as often, they report that the pleasure had a thread of something evil running through it. According to succubus legends, sometimes these men come to bad ends after associating with demonic seductresses.

True stories about real-life succubi experiences have become much more common in recent years. There are numerous posts on Reddit and other websites detailing both erotic and frightening encounters with a real succubus. These posts have become so common that it is well worth the effort to explore the historical background of the succubus, as well as learn about succubus experiences in the present day.

A Pope Prospered While Under The Spell Of A Succubus
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A medieval chronicler recorded a "true story" concerning a young man who became involved with a succubus, and who later became Pope Sylvester II. When this pope was a young student, he was called Gerbert of Aurillac. He fell in love with the beautiful daughter of a university dean. She considered him too far beneath her social station and rejected him.

Filled with passion and angst for the woman who turned him down, Gerbert became obsessed with thoughts of lust and sex. It was then that he met a strange but beautiful young woman who seemed to appear out of nowhere. Her name was Meridiana, and she was quite keen to offer him all sorts of sexual contact, esoteric knowledge, and even promised to make him rich. All of these stunning offers held one condition: he must remain faithful to her alone.

Naturally, being a young, horny guy, Gerbert readily complied. He was steadfast to Meridiana, and as their relationship continued, his prospects increased very quickly. In no time he was appointed archbishop of Rheims, a position far above that of the snobby university dean's daughter. Eventually he even became pope.

Now, it is of course well known that Catholic clergy were charged with maintaining chastity, so Gerbert had to keep Meridiana a closely guarded secret. And she maintained her loyalty as well, encouraging and creating his successes, and even once forgave him for cheating on her when he became drunk and cheated with the dean's daughter.

Apparently, she did not fully forgive him, however, because she later made the prediction that he would die soon, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, while he was celebrating mass. Gerbert was terrified and immediately arranged a public confession of his lifetime of sexual sins. Had he not confessed and repented, he believed he surely would have died and gone straight to hell. While he immediately canceled his planned trip to Jerusalem, he later died in Rome, where it is said his tomb now appears covered in sweat just before the death of a pope.

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Over the centuries, some believed that a life of prayer and religious devotion provided protection from all evil spirits, including succubi. However, such piety rarely seemed to help - in fact, in some cases, succubi appeared to be especially attracted to the devout.

The 19th-century French author J.K. Huysmans became the victim of a succubus while he was sleeping in a monastery. Huysman was actually on a pilgrimage of sorts. He had spent years of his life engaged in an exploration of the paranormal, and now his pilgrimage was intended to help him return to the Christian faith of his childhood. While his intentions were earnest, perhaps he was still subconsciously attracting the wrong sort of spiritual attention.

One night, while he slept in the monastic cell, he awoke suddenly, in the middle of sexual climax, and just glimpsed a succubus as she was vanishing. He was convinced it was no dream, since the bed he slept in held evidence of another form that had lain beside him while he slept. There was a belief at the time that such incidents took place when succubi sought semen from victims, then changed into incubi (male sexual demons) and used it to impregnate their female victims.

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When Ethan arrived home late one evening in December 2012, the Bakersfield, California, youth was beyond exhausted. He had spent a very long day studying and listening to lectures at school. As soon as he arrived home, he collapsed into bed, desiring sleep over all else. And yet he slept fitfully, with thoughts of dread and worry that someone or something was breaking into his home and approaching his bedroom door. Suddenly, whatever it was broke through his door, startling him from sleep.

The invading entity flew to the wall behind Ethan's bed and held his limbs down firmly. His ears began to vibrate, even to the point of pain. The young man cried out for help, cursing whatever was restraining him. But the entity only laughed at him in a frightening voice. Suddenly, the entity (which later Ethan determined to have been a succubus) cried out, "Soon!" and let go of the terrified young man. Heart pounding, Ethan dashed to turn on the lights, but nothing appeared amiss. Only his dogs seemed to understand that something dangerously evil had entered the home. They barked and scratched at the door, worried about what was happening to their owner.

Ethan then wandered into the bathroom to have a look in the mirror. He was shocked to see that his eyes were completely bloodshot and red.

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A young man named Patrick reported that in 2012 he was the unwitting victim of a succubus that took the form of an imaginary friend he had in childhood. The imaginary friend was called Lucy, and she would come and play with Patrick when he was alone or lonely. Lucy watched the boy grow and told him that one day, when he reached puberty, she would teach him some new, interesting, and exciting things - things that he hadn't even imagined.

Patrick's parents were concerned and they sent him to a number of psychologists, trying to learn why he was becoming obsessed with a fictional, invisible character. Nothing helped.

Then, when Patrick turned 16, he says that Lucy began encouraging him to meet and date "real" women. She remained nearby to help him and teach him how to make himself and his partners sexually satisfied. And so began Patrick's sexual relationship with Lucy, the succubus. He claims Lucy stuck around for years, continuing to have a variety of sensual and sexual experiences with her victim.

Then Patrick met and fell in love with a real woman. They married, and at that point he began to see Lucy less and less. Then one day, she was gone. After some years had passed, Patrick began to have trouble with his marriage. He began to feel Lucy returning, but he has never revealed if he resumed the relationship with her, or remained with his wife.