Are there any creatures that eat, or drain a human's life force? Have tried googling but am not sure which creatures do.

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"Life force" is a rather vague criterium. Many mythologies do not have this concept. The only ones I'm aware of outside of Abrahamic mythology are Eastern mythologies:

  • Prana in Hinduism
  • Qi in East-Asian Medicine, Martial Arts and Daoism

There are no myths about creatures consuming Prana or Qi.

Judaism, Christianity & Islam: Incubi & Succubi enter image description here

Said to eat the life force of those they seduce. In some myth variations, incubi & succubi are said to eat the souls of those they seduce.

If you extend the scope to include various concepts of "soul", there are a few other ones:

Ancient Egypt: Ammit the devourer enter image description here

Africa: Soul Eater A soul eater is a folklore figure in the traditional belief systems of some African peoples, notably the Hausa people of Nigeria and Niger.

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    Your source does not describe the incubus or succubus as draining life force. While this does occur in modern fantasy work, it is not found in the folklore.
    – Mary
    Nov 23, 2020 at 16:35
  • mythology.wikia.org/wiki/Succubus "Succubi could suck the life force of men, leaving them exhausted or even killing them"
    – Codosaur
    Nov 24, 2020 at 7:19
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    Then that site is inaccurate.
    – Mary
    Nov 24, 2020 at 15:15
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    Then please provide some links to factual information that supports your claim, not just an opinion. SE doesn't work that way..
    – Codosaur
    Nov 25, 2020 at 8:28
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    @Codosaur What's the source of that wiki?
    – cmw
    Aug 22, 2021 at 17:53

Succubus (female demon) and its equal male Incubus are two demons that come to mind that do exactly what you are asking.


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