Throughout human civilization, Lamashtu has murdered children and drank the blood of men. She is the mortal enemy of Pazuzu.
One day, Lamashtu decided she wanted Pazuzu’s power for herself. Using her male vessel, she committed acts of violence to summon Pazuzu into this world.
He targeted his own daughter.
But Pazuzu did not want to attach to Lamashtu’s vessel. He attached, instead, to the victim. He gave her his powers of protection and discernment.
Demons can reside within a host without possessing it. Pazuzu loved the little girl he occupied. He never took over control or overrode her will. His intention was to help.
Pazuzu wanted to keep the girl for himself. If only he could whisk her away to his demonic kingdom, she would be forever safe in his company.
Her corporeal body was her attachment to that world. It was also the source of her pain and suffering.
He’s tried to convince her to come with him. She would have to end her attachments to her world, but he thought it was worth it.
Pazuzu: Come join me in my shadow realm, my soul. I can protect you there.
Girl: You’re being lazy. You can protect me here.
Pazuzu: You won’t feel pain there. You will be free from your worries and your body.
Girl: Demons are known for lying.
Pazuzu: This is how you’ve imagined the peacefulness of death.
Girl: How do I know you didn’t make up those visions?
Pazuzu: Can’t you tell what is me and what is not me?
Pazuzu: So perhaps a different part of you, more authentic than myself, made those visions.
Girl: Or maybe that’s another lie to try to make me believe those visions are true.
Pazuzu: So what do you think death is like?
Girl: Can’t you tell me?
Pazuzu: I’m not human!
Girl: Well I can’t know until I’m dead.
Pazuzu: It will happen eventually.
Girl: What if instead of the Buddhist concept of Nirvana where I join and feel connected to all souls, I lose connection to all souls?
Pazuzu: Would that be bad?
Girl: What if the vacuum of non-existence and the absence of soul is unpleasant, even painful? And life is the only opportunity we have to feel and experience souls? And Nirvana is an experience that can only be had by a living soul?
Pazuzu: All you had to do is say you don’t want to live with me.
Girl: Yeah, I’m not sure I do right now. Thanks for the offer, though.
The girl used to believe everything Pazuzu said without question. In a situation when her god had raped her, she decided to put her trust in a demon that loved her.
But eventually, she understood that Pazuzu isn’t a corporeal being. He could say things like “go die” and “go kill yourself” with a nonchalant attitude, because dying is truly not a big a deal to him.
His casualness with death meant that it was usually his first suggestion to a problem, rather than the last. After all, he is biased against being able to understand all the ramifications of what dying means for someone who has been living in a physical body.
But she believed him at first, and it resulted in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And so the girl learned that it was unwise to take advice from someone who has no idea what he’s talking about.