Judeo-Christian Demons

Lix Tetrax

 

Solomon Dedicates the Temple at Jerusalem – James Tissot

Lix Tetrax is the demon of the wind in the Testament of Solomon. The term Lix is a Greek term referring to the earth, while Tetrax refers to a four-season year. The name has been identified with the Ephesian name connected to the wind found on a tablet from Crete.

 

Here, the demon describes his activities:
“‘I create divisions among men, I make whirlwinds, I start fires, I set fields on fire, and I make households non-functional. Usually, I carry on my activity in the summertime. If I get the chance, I slither in under the corners of houses during the night or day. I am the direct offspring of the Great One.’” – TSol 7:5
It is not known who the Great One is. It is speculated to be a reference to Beelzeboul or even to the goddess Artemis, who was known as “The Great” and referenced by TSol in a later passage.

When asked in which constellation the demon resides, he replied:
“Toward the very tip of the horn of the moon when it is found in the South – There is my star. Therefore, I was assigned to draw out the fever, which strikes for a day and a half. As a result, many men, when they see (this), pray about the day-and-a-half fever, (invoking) these three names, ‘Baltala, Thallal, Melchal,’ and I heal them.” – TSol 7:6

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