He is also one of the chief Demons involved in cases of Possession. He is usually portrayed as having three heads, those of an ogre, a ram, and a bull, all sexually licentious creatures; having the feet of a cock, another sexually aggressive creature; and having wings and the tail of a Serpent. He rides on a dragon and breathes fire. Asmodeus has his roots in ancient Persia. His name is derived from Aeshma, one of the seven archangels, or amarahspands, of Persian mythology. The Hebrews absorbed him into their mythology, where he attained the highest status and most power of all his legends. According to the Hebrews, he is the son of Naamah and Shamdon. Prior to his fall from heaven, he was part of the seraphim, the highest order of Angels. In other Hebrew legends, he is either associated with or the husband of Lilith , the Demon queen of lust. Sometimes he is said to be the offspring of Lilith and Adam.
Asmodeus , Hebrew Ashmedai , in Jewish legend , the king of demons. According to the apocryphal book of Tobit , Asmodeus, smitten with love for Sarah , the daughter of Raguel, killed her seven successive husbands on their wedding nights. Following instructions given to him by the angel Raphael, Tobias overcame Asmodeus and married Sarah. The Talmud relates that Solomon captured the demon and pressed him into slave labour during the construction of the First Temple of Jerusalem. Other Haggadic legends depict Asmodeus as a more beneficent figure.
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The demon is also mentioned in some Talmudic legends; for instance, in the story of the construction of the Temple of Solomon. He was supposed by some Renaissance Christians [ who? In Binsfeld's classification of demons, each one of these princes represents one of the seven deadly sins lust , gluttony , greed , sloth , wrath , envy , and pride. It is said in Asmodeus; Or, The Devil on Two Sticks that people who fall to Asmodeus' ways will be sentenced to an eternity in the second level of hell. Still, the encyclopedia proposes that the "Asmodeus" from the Apocrypha and the Testament of Solomon are not only related somewhat to Aeshma but have similar behaviour, appearance and roles,  to conclude in another article under the entry "Aeshma", in the paragraph "Influence of Persian Beliefs on Judaism",  that Persian Zoroastrian beliefs could have heavily influenced Judaism's theology on the long term, bearing in mind that in some texts there are crucial conceptual differences while in others there seems to be a great deal of similarity, proposing a pattern of influence over folk beliefs that would extend further to the mythology itself in general. The full name "Ashmedai" is not found, but in 2 Kings , a certain Ashima appears as the false god for whom the Syrian Hamathites made an idol.
The playwright William Shakespeare abbreviated his name to Modo. The word has an Indo-Iranian root. In the Zoroastrian texts of the 9thth centuries, aeshma appears as Middle Persian eshm or kheshm , continuing in Pazend and New Persian as kashm. In the hierarchy of Zoroastrian demons daeva s that mirrors a similar hierarchy of divinities, Aeshma is opposed to Asha Vahishta, the Amesha Spenta that is the hypostasis of "Truth. The demon's chief adversary however is Sraosha "Obedience", the principle of religious devotion and discipline.