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Lilith – Hebraic Demon, Ancient Goddess or Something Else

By As’t Moon

Of all the Goddesses, Lilith is probably one of more confusing and misunderstood. This tends to be due to her appearing in various Near East mythologies and folklore where her name may have been epithet for a group of “female demons” from Babylonian text, the “Lilitu”. However, to the Canaanities, Lilith was Baalat, the “Divine Lady” and on a tablet found in the ancient city of Ur dating to ca.2,000 BCE, she was “Lillake”.

More commonly, Lilith is known by her Hebraic association was the original wife of Adam. One story mentions that she as Adam were created as cojoined twins, joined at the back. After denied as beign perceived as Adam’s equal, she left him in anger. Similarly, in another story, Adam married her after he became tired of coupling with animals. However, when Adam tried to make her lie beneath him during sexual intercourse, Lilith would not meet this demand of male dominance. She was said to then cursed Adam and took up residence in a cave by the Red Sea.

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