In ancient Hebrew lore, there is a vampiric demon known as Ornias. It was one of many demons mentioned in the Testament of Solomon. It would appear to people in the form of fire, a lion, or a horrid winged creature. It would shape-shift into a beautiful woman and trick men into having sex with it, draining their sexual energy and potency much like an INCUBUS (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). Ornias would seek out men whose zodiac sign was Aquarius and strangle them to death, leaching off their life-energy as it did so. It did this because it resided in the constellation of Aquarius. Further the only way to save one of its victims before he died was to press the Seal of Solomon against the demon's chest.
During the construction of King Solomon's temple, Ornias appeared to one of the laborers, stealing half of his wages as well as draining the life-energy from one of his sons. The laborer sought the king for help and Solomon prayed to God for insight or intervention. His prayers were answered. The archangel Michael delivered to Solomon a ring with the seal of God upon it, giving the bearer power over demons. Solomon used the ring not only to stop Ornias from its daily muggings and assaults but also to bind other demons and use them as part of his labor force to build his temple.
Occasionally Ornias was summoned by magicians and witches who sought to divine the future, as this demon could be persuaded to fly up into the heavens and glean the future as it is written in the stars. As it would descend back to earth, Ornias looked like a shooting star. However, continued use of its abilities would cause his summoner to waste away.
Source: Ginzberg, Legends of the Jews, 151­53; Han-son, Secrets from the Lost Bible, 114 ­17; Rappoport,Myth and Legend of Ancient Israel, 88­90; Wedeck, A Treasury of Witchcraft, 172

Encyclopedia of vampire mythology . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ornias —    One of the FALLEN ANGELS, who is bested by King SOLOMON. According to the Testament of Solomon, Ornias is an annoying, vampirizing DEMON who lives in the constellation Aquarius. He has shape shifting ability: He strangles men born under the… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • Testament of Solomon — The Testament of Solomon is an Old Testament pseudepigraphical work, purportedly written by King Solomon, in which Solomon mostly describes particular demons whom he enslaved to help build the temple, the questions he put to them about their… …   Wikipedia

  • Svartsyn — Infobox musical artist Name = Svartsyn Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Chalice (from 1991–1993) Origin = Nynäshamn, Sweden Genre = Black metal Years active = 1993 – present Label = Sound Riot Records Folter… …   Wikipedia

  • List of demons — This is a list of demons, including both specific demons (e.g. Satan) and types of demons (e.g. succubus).The names of many demons have several spellings. If you do not find what you are looking for on this page try the search engine . If the… …   Wikipedia

  • Catálogo de naves — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El catálogo de naves es una sección que se encuentra en el canto II de la Ilíada de Homero, que consiste en una enumeración de los contingentes de naves de la coalición de los aqueos que componían la expedición… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Beelzebub — (Baal zebul, Beelzeboul, Belzebub)    Prince of DEMONs. Beelzebub, originally an idol of the Canaanites, means “Lord of the Flies.” The name is a distortion of Baal zebul, the chief Canaanite or Phoenician god, meaning “Lord of the Divine Abode”… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • falling stars —    DEMONs who have no way station in which to rest and so fall from the sky.    In the Testament of Solomon the demon ORNIAS explains to SOLOMON that demons have the capability of flying up to heaven in order to eavesdrop on God and learn his… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • Solomon — (10th century B.C.E.)    Legendary king of the Israelites, son of David, builder of the Temple of Jerusalem, and commander of an army of DEMONs or DJINN. The actual existence of Solomon and his father, David, remains unproved, but they are among… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • SOLOMON, TESTAMENT OF — SOLOMON, TESTAMENT OF, pseudepigraphic work written in Greek, of uncertain date. King Solomon, the narrator, states that during the construction of the Temple his overseer was plagued by the demon Ornias. In answer to the king s prayers, the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.