Alu are a type of Babylonian spirit. Their name may be translated as “Storm” or “Tempest” but is also sometimes considered a synonym for Demon. In addition to destructive storms, they cause illness and nightmares, including night paralysis. The Alu’s presence may be sufficient to cause this effect, or it may physically press down heavily or otherwise suck out the sleeper’s breath. Alu roam the streets at night looking for trouble. They lurk in dark corners, desolate places, and ruins.
Manifestations: Alu commonly manifest as black dogs, but they may appear in half-human/half-animal form.
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.
According to Akkadian mythology, this creature is in fact not entirely a vampire but rather is considered to be a CAMBION, a being that is half human and half demon. Described as being faceless, it is conceived when a SUCCUBUS has intercourse with a man. Assuming that the man survives his encounter with the succubus, as the time of his natural death draws near, his demonic son will return and linger at his bedside. Just as the father expires, the cambion snatches up the soul and enslaves it. Allu are particularly vicious and seek to destroy everything.
- Curran, Vampires, 2933; Robinson, Myths and Legends of All Nations, 266;
- Thompson, Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia, 132