An ancient vampiric Demon from Hasidic lore,the aluqa looks like a beautiful woman with a face suggesting nothing but pure innocence. However, despite this Demon's beauty, a snake lives coiled around its heart. Typically it attacks men as if it were a Succubus, but it can also cause madness in its prey. Its victims oftentimes are made to feel the full weight of their shame for having been seduced by such a creature and they will commit suicide. The aluqa is indestructible but can easily be driven off with prayers. Sleeping with an iron nail under one's pillow will offer protection from its attacks while sleeping.
Source: Maberry, Vampire Universe
Aluqa is sometimes translated as “night spirit,” but it literally means “sucker” or “leech.” Aluqa, an ancient pan-Semitic word, also names a specific Djinn or Demon. The Aluqa exists throughout the entire Semitic world: Aluqa, the Hebrew variant of the name, appears in the Bible and hence is the most familiar version, but variations exist in Arabic (’Awleq), Aramaic (Elaqta), and Akkadian (Ilqu). ’Alaqt is the variation found in Ethiopia.
The Aluqa is associated with the leech whose two daughters continually cry “Give!
Give!” in Proverbs 30:15.
Aluqa and her daughters are identified as lethal succubi who visit men at night, consuming their life-force and blood, ultimately leaving their victims so drained that they waste away or commit suicide in despair. It is, however, not difficult to repel an Aluqa. Iron amulets or implements like knives, scissors, or nails tucked beneath a pillow stop the Aluqa from drawing near.
The vampiric Aluqa is inevitably described as alluringly beautiful. She may travel in the form of an insect.
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.