·· Minerva Maharet ·· (chianagirl) wrote in the_goddesses,
·· Minerva Maharet ··

Lilith (also Baalat, Lillake, Lilitu)

Lilith is a goddess of desolation. She is the embodiment of loneliness, emptiness, and the wildness of nature. She often appears as a tall and intensely beautiful woman with long black or red hair, often seen completely naked or with only a few adornments. Sometimes, she is shown winged, with the feet of an owl or lower body of a snake. She demands no sort of sacrifice, and expects no worship. In return, she is unpredictable with her attentions, though she deems any act or sacrifice that disturbs her from her vacant state worth her notice, and often receives it. The concepts of good and evil mean nothing to her.

She has been noted from earlier than 2000 BC. Lilith was a Sumerian, Hebrew, and pre-Islam goddess, and referred to as the 'Hand of Inanna' in ancient times. As a Sumerian goddess, she held the rods and rings of Sumerian royal authority, wore a stepped crown, and was guarded by the bird of wisdom (the owl) and the king of beasts (the lion).

In Judeo-Christian tradition, she was the original wife of Adam. She was offended when he attempted to have her lie beneath him during sexual intercourse, and would not meet his request. She demanded equality with Adam, because they were created together in the image of Elohim. When equality was refused her, she left in anger and made her home in caves on the shores of the Red Sea, taking demons as lovers. Adam complained to Elohim, who sent three angels, Sanvi, Sansanvi, and Semangelaf, to bring her back to Eden. The angels ordered her to return, threatening that they would kill one hundred of her children every day that she did not go back. Exclaiming that even this was better than returning to submission, she refused. The angels carried out their threat, and Lilith swore her revenge- that all infants would be in danger of her (different versions are that she kills or steals them), and she would steal the seed of men to produce more demon children. Elohim created a second wife for Adam- the docile Eve. She is sometimes shown as the serpent who tempted Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge.

Lilith is mentioned in the Bible, in Isaiah. It is the only remaining reference to her in the Bible. Lilith is the 'screech owl' that is spoken of - the word translated from Hebrew is 'liyliyth'.

Isaiah 34:14 - "The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest."

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