Continental European Medieval Witchcraft Research Document

Demon Sex: 

“One of the most compelling descriptions of demon sex comes in Genesis 6:4. The King James Version (KJV) states: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”  In the New International Version (NIV), “giants” is translated as “Nephilim,” which are generally regarded as the hybrid offspring between angels and human beings.” (Tourjee)

Accusations of demon sex proliferated wildly during the Christian-led witch hunts that “reached their grisly peak between the fourteenth and seventeeth centuries,” as historian David M. Friedman puts it in his comphrensive Cultural History of the Penis. Indeed, one of the most common crimes “committed” by accused witches was fornication with the devil. (Tourjee)

In 1485, an inquisitor wrote that the devil’s dick was “extremely fleshy” and many witches “for several days afterward remain worn out.” (Tourjee- source needs follow up)



(1514) Three Witches, German, by Hand Baldung Grien (b.1484, d.1545 Strasbourg)



(1451) Manuscript, French, “des vaudoise” in “Le champion des dames,” Marin Le France



A prominent witch named Temperance Floyd is said to have “made a free confession ‘that the Devil assumeing [a] cold Body had frequent carnal knowledge of her.”

Another witch, Rebecca West, describes Satan’s mouth to be “as cold as clay.”

Another said his ejaculate was “intolerably cold.”

In A Cultural History of the Penis, Friedman describes the account of Anna Pappenheimer, who claimed that Satan’s cock is “as cold as a piece of ice.” Others still described the penis as forked.

The aftermath of demon sex was also not very fun. According to The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations, a woman named Goody Smith confessed to witchcraft and the killing of children. She claimed that demonic sexual imps fed off of her afterwards: “Her imps hang in her secret parts in a bag and her husband saw it, and that these imps sucked on her.'”


Tourjee, Diana (21 July 2017)




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