(plural: ‘incubuses‘ or ‘incubi‘; female: ‘succubus‘ or ‘succuba’– plural: ‘succubuses‘ or ‘succubi‘ or ‘susuccubae‘; pronunciation: the letter ‘i’ rhymes with the letter ‘i’ in “ink”, the first ‘u’ with the letter ‘c’ is said with a ‘q’ sound, and the second ‘u’ rhymes with the letter ‘a’ in “about” — for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)

a male devil/demon which lies on a sleeping woman to have sex with (found in old folk stories),

(the mythical incubus on a sleeping women)


It’s no wonder that Lucy, a very sensitive girl and believes in mythological creatures, says that she’s harassed by an incubus every night.

Most logical people, including myself, wonder why does an incubus have to scare people to have sex… it could do have sex giving pleasure to its victim!

Some psychologists believe that people, men and women, who claim that they have been visited by incubi and succubi are those people who suppress their emotional and sexual desires for fear of religious social restrictions but. in their subconscious, mind enjoy or scared of having sexual pleasures in their dreams.

For an informative article about the origin of this word, please click here, for a scientific article that discusses incubuses and succubuses, please click here, for an interesting article about the beliefs of incubus, please click here, for an article by an atheist about incubus and other demons that rape sleeping people, please click here. For an article about 10 scariest mythological creatures, including incubus, please click here.
A more common meaning is ‘a bad dream – a nightmare; a difficulty’. For an article that gives some explanation about the relation between sleep disturbances and ‘incubus’, please click here.
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