Before Eve, there was Lillith – a sharp-tongued, whining, trouble- making harpy, who might justifiably be identified as the first women’s libber. According to the book of Jewish civil and religious law know as the Talmud, Lilith was Adams’s first wife, but they broke up after arguing over who should have the dominant position during lovemaking. Lillith refused to lie on the bottom, and when Adam stuck to his guns, she sprouted wings and flew off in a rage –to become the queen and mother of a brood of nightmarish beings, including sex demons known as succubi and incubi.

Adam complained about his mate’s contrary behavior to God, who sent three Angels named Senoy, Sansenoy and Seangelof. Who then tracked her down near the Red Sea where she was found to be cohabiting with demons and giving birth to a host of imps and other strange off spring named “lillim or liliot.”

The Angels tried to cut a deal with Lilith persuading her to return to Adam. Lilith according to the ancient chronicles, refused. That’s when God decided to create Eve from Adam’s rib. Thus Eve became Adam’s new mate.

So why did Lilith get off to such a bad start? They say she was believed to have been formed by God from mud and filth. And she reveled in creating misery and spreading evil. She was a chronic troublemaker.

The hateful hellhound established herself as the first would-be home wrecker when she and her demonic entourage took advantage of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden by visiting them at night in the form of licentiously-evil beings.

As succubi, the female demon, and as incubi, the male demon. Lilith and her demon friends coupled with the pair during their sleep, thus conceiving more nightmare children who subsequently spread throughout the world, propagating evil and creating misery.

The ancient Jews believed Litith herself became a heartless demon whose evil and bloodlust led her to prey on newborn babies. She was said to represent a threat to girls until 20 days after birth and to boys until they were eight years old.

Lilith also appears in the Old Testament’s Book of Isaiah {34:14,} and may also be referred to in the Bible’s creation stories and other chapters. Genesis 5:3 mentions that Adam fathered a son with Eve “in his own likeness,” indicating that he had also fathered other sons who were not in his likeness, Demons, of course!

Psalms 91 mentions the “terror by night” that many believe is a reference to Lilith. The reference in Isaih mentions Lilith as “The night hag” who lived in the desert with wild beasts and hyenas. Isaiah, the Hebrew prophet, warns that when God takes His terrible vengeance on sinners, the land will be turned into desert and “Lilith shall repose there and find her place of rest.”

In The Gilgamesh Epic of Ancient Babylonia, Lilith is depicted as a harlot and vampire who is unable to have children of her own. The Babylonian tale has Lilith fleeing from her home near the Euphrates River and living in the wasteland. In Babylonian sculptures and other artistic depictions she is typically shown as a beautiful young woman with the feet of an owl. The owl’s feet are said to relate to her nocturnal wanderings, when she was believed to seduce sleeping men and prey on innocent babes.

Lilith also appears in ancient Sumerian legend as a “dark maid” who progressed from being a nuisance to an outcast of the Gods, and then to a succubus who seduced sleeping men to create demons.

Columbia University Press.

Lilith, female demon of Jewish mythology, originally probably the Assyrian storm demon Lilitu. In Talmudic tradition many evil attributes were given to this supposedly nocturnal creature. In Jewish folklore she is a vampirelike child-killer and the symbol of sensual lust. Of the various legends connected with her, the one making her Adam’s first wife is the strongest. Lilith appears in the Walpurgis Night section of Goethe’s Faust and is discussed in Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah. See L. Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, vol. V (repr. 1956).

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