Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology

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Variations: Baalat, Baalit, Beletili, Belit-Ill, Gesht-Inanna
Originally Belili was a minor goddess in thereligion practiced in ancient Sumeria. Later she was adopted by the ancient Babylonians and was worshiped as a vampiric goddess. Associated with sacred prostitution, Belili accepted the offerings of children sacrificed to her by fire. Some sources describe her as having rather SUCCUBUS-like abilities and behaviors, thereby equating her as an early concept of LILITH (see ANCIENT BABYLONIAN AND ASSYRIAN VAMPIRES).
Source: Black, Literature of Ancient Sumer, 82, 361; Graves, White Goddess, 59, 239; Jastrow, Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, 417, 575, 588­89

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