Why Igret?

I know that is what you are wondering, why is it called “Igret’s Corner?” Well, that is amusingly a highly personal story. So instead of telling you why Igret, I will answer the question “Who is Igret?”

Irget is an alternative spelling/pronunciation for the Hebrew-Arabic name Agrat. Agrat Bat Mahlat is a figure with a fascinating story.

In Zoharistic Kabbalah, she is a queen of the demons and one of four angels of sacred prostitution, who mates with archangel Samael. Her fellow succubi are Lilith, Naamah, and Eisheth. In the Rabbinic literature of Yalḳuṭ Ḥadash, on the eves of Wednesday and of the Sabbath, she is “the dancing roof-demon” who haunts the air with her chariot and her train of eighteen myriads of messengers of destruction. She dances while Lilith howls. She is also “the mistress of the sorceresses” who communicated magic secrets to Amemar, a Jewish sage.

According to the Kabbalah and the school of Rashba, Agrat bat Mahlat mated with King David and bore a cambion son Asmodeus, king of demons. Asmodeus is said to have led an army of demons and heretics in battle against David’s son Daniel, his half brother.

But I have always thought that she, like many others, was a woman of strength and power who was vilified by those in power. Her sins, such as prostitution and succubi, speak to me as a woman who knew her body and took control of it.

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Why Igret?

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