This is sort of a disturbing topic (at least to me…) but I just wanted to know what the Church teaching is… is it true that there are demons called “incubi”?
I found this on wikipedia:
St. Augustine touched on the topic in “De Civitate Dei” (The City of God), admitting that there were too many attacks by incubi to deny them. He stated, “There is, too, a very general rumor, which many have verified by their own experience, or which trustworthy persons who have heard the experience of others corroborate, that sylvans and fauns, who are commonly called incubi, had often made wicked assaults upon women.”
800 years later Thomas Aquinas would lend himself to the ongoing discussion, stating, “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 as they take the seed of other things for other generating purposes.” Thus it became generally accepted that incubi and succubi were the same demon, but able to switch between male and female forms. A succubus would be able to sleep with a man and collect his sperm, and then transform into an incubus and use that seed on women. Their offspring were thought to be supernatural in many cases, even if the sperm and egg originally came from humans.
I’m just wondering what you all think. Is this true??? (it’s very creepy regardless).
I think St Thomas’ explanation might clarify some questions about the Nephilim that are being discussed in another thread.