or Shedeem. A species of beings in Jewish mythology exactly resembling the Arabian Jinn or genii, and said to be the agents of magic and enchantment. When Adam fell, says the Talmud, he was excommunicated for 130 years, during which time he begat demons and spectres; for, it is written, “Adam lived 130 years and (i.e. before he) begat children in his own image” (Genesis v. 3). (Rabbi Jeremiah ben Eliezar.)
“And the Mazikeen shall not come nigh thy tents.”- Psalm xci. 5 (Chaldee version).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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