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Asmodeus, or Ashmedai (Heb. the destroyer), a demon created by Jewish superstition and perpetuated in Le Sage's romance Le Diable Boiteux, "The Devil on Two Sticks." According to the Talmud he was the offspring of an incestuous alliance between Tubal Cain and Noema, and drove Solomon out of his kingdom, but was overcome and enslaved by that king, who forced him to work in the building of the temple. He appears in the Book of Tobit (in the Apocrypha) as the king of devils, and the lover of Sara, daughter of Raguel, and he killed seven of her husbands on their bridal nights. Tobias (Milton's Paradise Lost, iv.) drove him by a charm into Egypt, where be was caught and bound. Vanity and dress were his especial province. He is perhaps identical with the Persian AEshma Doeva.