A golem is a magical character in Jewish folklore, a clay figure that comes to life. The earliest history of Judaism includes the oldest-known stories about golems.
In the Jewish holy book the Talmud, God's formation of Adam is described as the making of a golem, shaped from mud and dust. There are many more tales of golems in Judaism, and golems also appear in Polish folktales and even stories by the Brothers Grimm. Robots and automatons are sometimes described as golems, or machines made in the form of a human being. In Hebrew, golem means "shapeless mass" or "embryo."