When it comes to spiritwork, there’s all kinds of supposed entities that people can work with. We have the obvious succubi, which this blog has mainly focused on, but also several kinds of fairies, The famous demons of Ars Goetia, Kitsune, other eastern entities, and if you’re inclined to medium-ship you may throw dead people in there too. Every once in a while though, an under-discussed entity finally makes its way into discussion. Some of these have some sorts of backing; after all, the entities listed above were originally based on different ideas, their wide spread over their culture, be it in folk lore or more organized religious beliefs, or their well argued backing, lent them credence. Furthermore practitioners these days could take summoning methods for these kinds of entities and get the same results as other practitioners, even ones not living today.
Some, however, don’t have that level of backing, but become popular anyway. As the title implies, I’ll be discussing one of the lesser known kinds that seems to have very few references, the Yukshee. The yukshee, if contemporary sources are to be believed, is supposed to be a sort of super succubus, with spirit websites listing them as Hindu entities with a voracious sexual appetite. Are these people being honest, or are they trying to pull your legs out from under you? Let’s discuss the origin of this idea and dig up as many historical references as we reasonably can.
The Blog that Brought them into the Limelight
Yukshee Succubus Sexual Alchemy, what most likely believe to be the origin, or close to the origin, of the Yukshee as an idea. It isn’t, but this is where it began to get traction over here. This blog just discusses them as a sort of overly horny succubus. We’ll get back to the Eastern label later, but let’s discuss the content of this blog. It’s only one, very big post, so it shouldn’t be too hard to take a look at. If you want the link to the archive I’m using, it’s Here. I’ll go over the blog as swiftly as I can, this blog-post isn’t here just to shit on it all day.
The blog starts off reminding people to have ‘circle guardians’ during the ritual. He then names ‘Ein Soph’ as a recommended guardian, the only named one, which is a very ironic choice since Ein Sof is a reference to the nameless, un-manifested concept of god. It’s an extremely dumb statement to say the un-manifested God would be a choice for a guardian, but this level of stupidity is at least consistent with the rest of the blog.
Alright, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he just knows absolutely nothing about religious history and the Ein Sof, which is proven by him trying to include him as a guardian, but is trying to share something useful nonetheless. He goes on to say that the point of the blog is to help the user summon a benevolent yukshee to be the practitioner’s sexual partner. The rest of the blog up until the rituals is a combination of his own opinions and him reminding people not to blame him if shit doesn’t go exactly as planned, and the entity leaves, or nothing happens, or so on. He doesn’t provide solutions to potential problems like I do, but it’s only one post so I’ll give him a pass on that.
I think in reference to one of his points that I should at least like to point out that, no, there are not sexual soul swarms going around absorbing souls into their group through sex. Other than this he has a section of upsides that reads like an advertising speech for succubi. We’d be here all day if I vet all of this, some of it’s true and some of it isn’t, if you’re wondering about any one thing feel free to ask me here or in discord.
His first ritual is related to a small speech he prepared. I outlined in the letter method post why it’s important to personalize these rituals and prayers, taking a rote prayer from online can work but if it doesn’t feel meaningful to you it will lessen the effect greatly. The big problem with this ritual, and the thing that makes it harder for someone to do it in a meaningful way, is that it reads like he’s writing a legal document or playing ‘build a bitch’. This isn’t good, it robs it of a lot of the emotion it would need to have. It shouldn’t focus on these overly specific pieces, that will be handled by your own emotional intention. It should be based mostly on building that emotional output, and the ritual is very bad at this.
The second ‘new’ ritual, which is similar to the letter ritual if you aren’t looking deeply at it, more or less runs into the exact same problem, where him communicating what to write to you is unnecessary and detracts from the ritual. The methods presented just feel very robotic and unintuitive because of that. There’s no explanation as to why you do them either, so they’re unsupported rituals. At least Ryan’s blog gave some idea as to why the letter method was done the way it was, so there’s some foundational logic, which I’ve explained in depth on this blog. The rituals in the Yukshee blog miss that foundational logic, and it seems like the author really didn’t understand ritualism when he wrote them. Note that because of the nature of ritualism, the rituals could still work, they’re just really badly designed for their purpose. Furthermore other than saying you want a yukshee there’s no way to identify the yukshee is separated here within the ritual, which is an important piece if you want a specific entity class. There’s nothing to cling onto as symbolism or a tangible idea to separate them, because he doesn’t properly support the difference between the two.
So the rituals are bad and his other information is at best hit or miss if not also just bad. But does that actually destroy the idea of the Yukshee? It doesn’t by itself, but that’s because he frankly is very vague on the actual subject of what a Yukshee is. He doesn’t even present any way to separate these spirits into their own category from other succubi, other than their presentation as a particularly voracious succubus. All the other supposed personality traits are in his Build a Bitch ritual and can easily be traded out as a result.
So it’s a particularly voracious version of a demon who’s defining trait is always wanting sex? Where do you even draw that line? You can’t, and that’s the problem. There’s nothing in this blog that makes a yukshee any different from a normal succubus. It is entirely left up to the user’s imagination of what a hornier succubus would be, and that space is why this blog drove some peoples’ minds wild.
But what about entities that say they’re yukshee when asked, and the yukshee experiences online? Well, like I said in an earlier blog-post, most entities are happy to go with whatever you think they are. If you wanted a yukshee the entity will pretend to be a yukshee, because to them it’s just a human word that they probably translate as an idea similar to ‘entity that will have sex with me.’ There’s no defining point that separates something out as a yukshee presented by this blog, so them calling themselves a yukshee is absolutely no different than any other random name you could come up with for a sex demon. It would be different if we could point to a feature of the yukshee that separates them from succubi that we can leverage to create a definable group, but we can’t from this information. The appeal of the idea of the yukshee is entirely born from your imagination, and the entity class of yukshee therefore does not exist outside of your imagination.
“But Wait,” I hear you ask, “There is! Haven’t you seen the pages that define them as Hindu sexual entities? On some marketplaces and wikis they’re separated out as such, so they must exist, right?”
The writer of the Yukshee blog may be an ignoramus, but if we take that away, there’s a lot of people still wondering about what a Yukshee really is and where it originates from. Next let’s discuss the actual origins of the term, because the author of the blog clearly didn’t invent it himself. It takes a fair amount of digging to find real references to the Yukshee.
Returning to the BookShelf
Tyson we can never escape you, can we? It turns out the usage of Yukshee for ‘super succubus’ likely evolved partly from his book, Sexual Alchemy, where it was mentioned offhandedly. This is the quote about her:
“A more attractive Indian tree spirit was the yukshee, who was beautiful and voluptuous. So great were her sexual appetites, she rendered her exhausted lovers impotent.”
There are two other mentions I can find of the term. One in a 1959 erotica book, The Jewel in the Lotus page 108, the first image, which is a collection of Orientalist Erotica and apparently not a very scholarly book besides. Finally We have Riccardo’s “Liquid Dreams of Vampires” in the second image…
The description of the latter book paints this as an examination and psychological venture:
“Why are we so enthralled by the vampire? This book descends into the murky shadows of the subconscious to present dreams, nightmares and fantasies that reveal the true power of the vampire’s image. From the enticement of the vampire’s kiss to the allure of immortality, vampires are the dark rebels, the outsiders and the opponents of established order.”
I found other references, but they simply wrote the same thing and referenced these three books, and these three citations more or less just paint them as super succubi, except Tyson who is unsurprisingly the best of the three and makes sure not to make the obvious mistake of calling an eastern concept a super succubus. In any case, these again run us into the problems of categorization outlined above. The succubus is a western concept, and the Yukshee is supposedly, from what we know so far, an eastern folk concept, so any intention for a yukshee to be a super version of the succubus seems extremely far fetched, and them being labeled as such is likely these western authors relating them rather poorly to a western concept. The most honest interpretation based only on what we have so far would be to paint them as one of the eastern versions of the succubus. The idea of an entity that drains or kills you with sex is nothing new, in fact Succubi themselves have plenty of stories of them doing just that.
So let’s take this blog farther, where does this idea of Yukshee likely come from, then? The sources on the word are sparse and only go to Western Authors examining Eastern Folk Lore as far as I can reasonably dig.
The Yukshee is, quite likely, a derivative of the wide class of Yaksha and Yakshini (Yakshini is also Yakshi, this is important later. Yakshini and Yakshi is the feminine Yaksha). We can sort of relate this class of entity to the fairies of the west, as they are a wide category of nature spirits that are normally benevolent. Yakshini is simply the feminine version of the word Yaksha, and it is what we will be relating to Yukshee now. Let’s start with Tyson. The relation that Tyson makes to tree spirits helps us start relating the two, as the Yakshini is closely related to the Ashoka tree, which is holy to Hindus. The Yakshini were themselves related heavily to fertility (as can be seen quite clearly by every single idol of them I can find online), as was the tree which, according to a book by a man named Cowen about trees and shrubs in India, is associated with the Hindu god of love, with the Ashoka flower representing seductive hypnosis. Sound familiar? Reminds me of a certain typically vampiric enchantress. Furthermore some versions of Yakshini have them being malevolent: “In the horror fictions of Malayalam literature (literature from a state in India called Kerala), Yakshis are mostly not considered benevolent. They are being portrayed by people alluring men and finally killing them.” Again, does this sound familiar?
But I didn’t stop there, I took the versions of Yakshini and yakṣī and also looked at the Malayalam translations of these, and studied the pronunciations. And what do you know, it turns out यक्षी (Yakshi, also Yakshee) is pronounced exactly like Yukshee, or at least close enough that upon playing pronunciations of it 40-50 times I couldn’t tell a difference. The pronunciation would make it sound like Yukshee, hence we get the Yukshee by people bringing these tales west and giving us the transliterated name they wouldn’t know referred to Yakshi. If only those people had spent a little longer translating. This explains why it’s so damn hard to find anything on Yukshee, because it’s supposed to be about Yakshini or Yakshi. Yukshee simply isn’t the right word.
So between all of that, we can safely say the Yukshee is the Yakshini, very poorly brought over to this country by these authors. The version of the Yakshini we got in these works and blogs, however, comes specifically from their representation in Malayalam literature. And so the night mistress of the blog and those books, the Yukshee, was born by, well, bad cultural translation mixed with the western succubus idea really.
But finally, let’s talk about the apparent risks of Yukshee. After all, we do have experiences of people supposedly with them. Are they or their risks really superior to those with succubi? The short answer is no. Both the succubus and the Malevolent Yakshini are said to seduce and harm men, with repeated contact with the succubus purportedly leading to physical (and mental) harm, and the bad Yakshini bringing physical harm to the men it seduces (in the myth by killing them). The risk in reality comes from spending too long with succubi, giving up a lot of your life for time with these beings. Some people in my server have had such dangers, due to being intoxicated by having contact with these beings, and regardless of it being a Yakshini, or Yukshee if we still must use the wrong word, or a succubus, the risks and benefits seem exactly the same. The conclusion to take from this is simply that people who believe they have some special super indian succubus just have a regular succubus, if that.
Finally, the marketers are just using the hype around them to scam you out of money. They don’t know anything about any of this besides how to utilize it for profit. Don’t be the dumb-ass that buys entities online.
In conclusion, The Yukshee turned out to be based on Eastern mythology that’s been warped by the ever present dragon of inaccurate translation. Poor Tyson just sounded out the word and wrote it as he heard it as the rest of his description is at least the closest between the three to being correct, and presumably the other writers made a similar mistake but cared even less. If only they knew the idea would kick start a bunch of bullshit in the next century, they might have paid a little more attention to getting everything right.
It hasn’t been long since the last post, but someone caught my eye with a question about the Yukshee. At first I was thinking they were just a marketing gimmick, and while that’s still often the case, it turned out to be a much more interesting topic than I expected.
Next post will be out shortly, and it will just be a blog map because free WordPress is hiding every older post. I might get another one out the door in September as well, given how early this one came out. Free reading week in The Server was a big success, if you want one some time then make sure to pop by by the end of September, we’re doing it the last week of each month.