The Legend of Lilith

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Lilith


Hi, everyone, This blog is for entertainment purposes only. So, let’s have fun and learn a little bit about Lilith.

Lilith  (Hebrew: לילית‎; lilit, or lilith) a character in Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud, who is generally thought to be related to a class of female demons Līlīṯu in Mesopotamian texts.
In Jewish folklore, from the 8th–10th centuries Alphabet of Ben Sira onwards, Lilith becomes Adam‘s first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam, therefore she decided that she was an equal, and wouldn’t submit to Adam. According to old Hebrew texts removed from the Old Testament, she left her husband due to his sexual ineptitude, becoming the Queen of Demons and Evil spirits. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. The legend was greatly developed during the Middle Ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism.[3] In the 13th Century writings of Rabbi Isaac Ben Jacob ha-Cohen, for example, Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she mated with archangel Samael.

In earlier accounts, after leaving the Garden of Eden, she took the form of a winged demon, having the body of a woman with sharp Owl talons for feet. She was sent to the demon realm, and cursed by God, therefore, any offspring from her would also be cursed, and become demons, therefore she’s considered by some, the “Mother of Demons.”
In some myths, she is compared to the  Mesopotamia legend, Lamatsu, who was a serpent demon and would steal small children, and devour them by night, drinking their blood, or blamed for any children found dead in their cribs or beds.

Question: Is Lilith and Lamatsu the same entity?

When Lilith was banished from the Garden of Eden, God destroyed all of her children that she’d borne, therefore in retaliation for God’s action, she swore vengeance on God’s children, or humans. As a result, she sucked the blood of humans. She at times seduced unwary men, and would steal their semen, and become pregnant by them. The men that experienced Lilith in this way, didn’t survive the encounter, therefore, she gained the title of Succubus, and a new title, The “Mother of Vampires”.

Creature photos furnished by richardkgreen.com

For more great horror and vampire stories, check out our featured author this month, Jacob M. Drake  at Deadly Reads.

For more personal research, check the links out below.
http://jewishchristianlit.com/Topics/Lilith/helpmeets.html
http://www.vampiresamongus.com/history.html
 http://homepages.udayton.edu/~jfarrelly1/Vampires/lilith.htm

Comments
  1. Deadly Reads says:

    Thanks so much for the like, Allison!

  2. Deadly Reads says:

    Thanks, Whiskey! This particular legend is one to enjoy during this particular time of year-Halloween! Vampires, witches, and dragons are some other favorite legends.

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