After recent revelations from pop starlet Kesha that she had sex with a ghost (most likely a publicity stunt, what with Halloween coming up soon), we thought maybe we should look at what the Malleus Maleficarum has to say about the possibility of having sex with incorporeal spirits and demons.
First, though, let’s look at what Kesha said.
Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show, the 25-year-old singer talked about the inspiration behind her new song “Supernatural”.
“It’s about experiences with the supernatural… but in a sexy way,” she told Seacrest. “I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural. I don’t know his name! He was a ghost! I’m very open to it.”
The singer added that her new album “Warrior” is based around the theme of the spiritual quest she recently embarked upon to improve her music.
“The theme of this record is magic. I went on a spirit journey by myself. No security guard. No managers. I just went around the world and lived on a boat,” she explained. “I was in Africa rehabilitating baby lions. I went diving with great white sharks, and just went on this crazy spirit quest. I got hypnotized, and I just really wanted this record to be really positive, really raw, really vulnerable and about the magic of life.”
The Malleus Maleficarum, of course, has plenty to say upon the subject. Indeed, as any student of the text is aware of, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger were rather obsessed with the subject of “congress” with incubi and succubi. The Malleus does not so much discuss whether it’s possible, but rolls on the assumption that it goes on all the time.
“As to the method in which witches copulate with Incubus devils, six points are to be noted. First, as to the devil and the body which he assumes, of what element it is formed. Second, as to the act, whether it is always accompanied with the injection of semen received from some other man. Third, as to the time and place, whether one time is more favourable than another for this practice. Fourth, whether the act is visible to the women, and whether only those who were begotten in this way are so visited by devils. Fifth, whether it applies only to those who were offered to the devil at birth by midwives. Sixth, whether the actual venereal pleasure is greater or less in this act.” ~ Part II, Question I, Chapter IV
The Malleus also goes into some detail about how such “perfidies” are committed.
“A Succubus devil draws the semen from a wicked man; and if he is that man’s own particular devil, and does not wish to make himself an Incubus to a witch, he passes that semen on to the devil deputed to a woman or witch; and this last, under some constellation that favours his purpose that the man or woman so born should be strong in the practice of witchcraft, becomes the Incubus to the witch.” ~ Part II, Question I, Chapter IV
It also addresses the issue of whether or not impregnation is the aim.
If a witch is old or sterile, “then he naturally associates with the witch without the injection of semen, since it would be of no use, and the devil avoids superfluity in his operations as far as he can. But if she is not sterile, he approaches her in the way of carnal delectation which is procured for the witch. And should be disposed to pregnancy, then if he can conveniently possess the semen extracted from some man, he does not delay to approach her with it for the sake of infecting her progeny.” ~ Part II, Question I, Chapter IV
So. Is Kesha’s claim that she had a sex with a ghost possible? According to the Malleus Maleficarum, it most certainly is. It’s just a question of the means and the motive.
Having had sex with a ghost, it’s probably a given that Kesha is bound for eternal torment in Hell or something equally unpleasant. Unless, of course, she repents – unlikely given her statement that “I’m very open to it”. But she should, perhaps, find some comfort in the fact that, whatever the Malleus Maleficarum might say, she is unlikely to be arrested, interrogated and tortured by the authorities for her transgressions (at least for having sex with a ghost). And as far as we can tell, she’s probably not in any immediate danger of being burned at the stake as a witch, although she might want to stay away from some countries in Africa (especially those with a fondness for machetes) until this is no longer being talked about.
- Atheist Nexus - “Time, Once Again, For The Malleus Maleficarum”
- Huffington Post – “Ke$ha Says She Had Sex With A Ghost”