Why Lilith?

23 Feb

Shubby Doo asked why my blog is named after Lilith.  Simply put – I have a fascination with the folklore.  I think it comes from the fact that I raised in a Patriarchal society and the legend of a woman who defied God and her equal strikes me as the core essence of the soul of a true human…naturally defiant, selfish and self serving.

The earliest surviving account of Lilith is from the Alphabet of Ben Sira which contains 22 Aramaic and 22 Hebrew alphabetical list of proverbs arranged alphabetically with haggadic commentary.  The alphabet (especially the second alphabet) is rich with stories and fables and written sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries.  Some say it is a satire.  You can find copies of the original Hebrew non-canonical book called Sirach or Ecclesiasticus (not Ecclesiastes) in retailers like Amazon. There is quite a lot of speculation about the true identity of Ben Sira but that is another story.

His alphabet supposedly brings its own account about Lilith from three separate legends about her; Adam’s first wife, Wife of Death/Satan, Killer of babies.  People typically choose Lilith as a symbol of repressed womanhood.  I just think that if she did what the legend says she did, then she was one tough chic who has my respect. 

For the sake of levity, I will attempt to tell a somewhat watered down version combining all three folklores:

God made Adam and Lilith from earth and set them loose in Eden.  All was fine and dandy until one day Adam wanted to dominate Lilith.  To be specific, he wanted to be on top. But Lilith was not having that.  She was like, na-anh, since they were made from the same stuff, they were equals.  So she packed her sh*t and moved out of Eden.  Divorce, 4000BC style.

Anyhue…cry baby Adam went running to God, cus wifey left, so God sent three henchmen angels to go get her back. When they found her, she was busy partying it up with demons, enjoying her new found freedom…and having 100 demon babies a day. (Hey, I did not make this up.  Apparently we women use to put rabbits to shame). The angels said that if she did not return, God would take all her demon children. She didn’t so the demon kids were taken.  Hence she promised to kill all infants of men. 

Another version says that when the angels tried to get her to come back but she refused, saying she would kill all infants of men.  When they overpowered her, she said she would spare infants that have amulets with the angels names on them.  So they let her go.

IMO – God should have fired those angels for royally screwing that up.

Meanwhile, God noticed Adam sulking in the Garden and was like, what the heck, I better make this dude another mate before things get worse. (Rumor has it that some animals were beginning to look good to Adam).  So he created Eve from Adams rib so she would not make the mistake of claiming equality.

What happens next varies from story to story:

Some say, Lilith became the howling one, a demon who bemoaned her shabby treatment by killing infants and seducing men while they slept (nice way to describe wet dreams).  Others say that she came back to Eden one day and became jealous when she saw that Adam now had Eve.  So she seduced him while he slept.  There are other accounts about Lilith’s long term relationship with Samael, a demon.

It is easy to see a recurring theme:  First Lilith (the whore) and then Eve (the deceiver).  Somehow, all the men seem to be innocent bystanders caught up in webs spun by these women. I feel that oppressed womanhood is something we coined to explain our roles as females in society.   Truth is, there is a Lilith in all of us.  Bold, daring and no-nonsense type of girl.  And there is an Eve in all of us.  Nurturing, submissive, inquisitive.  Through my blog, I attempt to understand who I am and my place in this world.  With a little humor thrown in for measure.

*thinks to self*

maybe I shoulda put this in the ‘about lilith’ section….

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37 Responses to “Why Lilith?”

  1. taynement February 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    dang, that’s a nice ass in the picture.

    • lucidlilith February 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

      taynement u no well..lol.

  2. JoaR February 24, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    lol, I just knew someone was going to comment about the ass. Anyway, I never knew the story of Lilith but it does have similarities with Eves story as well. And I think i agree with you when you say “….there is a Lilith in all of us. Bold, daring and no-nonsense type of girl. And there is an Eve in all of us. Nurturing, submissive, inquisitive.” So true!

    • lucidlilith February 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

      Dont mind Taynement. But I agree …

  3. Lady X February 24, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    “Somehow, all the men seem to be innocent bystanders caught up in webs spun by these women.”

    I have noticed that too! It just makes me raise my eyebrows and go ‘Hmm’ I find the story of Lilith very interesting. I googled it when I was watching SuperNatural a while back.

    • lucidlilith February 24, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

      I read on a forum somewhere about some guy blaming all his failed relationships on Lilith.

  4. Adanne February 24, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Wow! I so did not know that.

  5. Mamuje February 24, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Lovely blog and the name Lilith is cool, thanks for sharing the history and all.

  6. Caramel Delight February 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I watched a documentary about Lilith on the History Channel once, I was fascinated. I didn’t know that’s where your Lilith comes from..cool.

  7. fragilelooks February 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    INNOCENT BYSTANDERS U SAY!! DINT KNW THE LILITH TALE O.

  8. Myne Whitman February 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    I have heard the story somewhere before but not that tight ass pic, lol.

  9. lucidlilith February 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    @everyone: I am glad to tell my version of the story. She is a fascinating person. I don’t know how much of it is true but wouldn’t it be strange to find evidence that she really existed as Adam’s first wife?

  10. Original Mgbeke February 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    Very interesting stuff, thanks for the insight. But this babe, there is more to this…’cos I remember reading on your blog back in the day that your friends call you ‘Lilith’ as an inside joke. Or is it ‘Lucidlilith’…oya share that part too. Hehehehe

    • lucidlilith February 25, 2010 at 10:31 am #

      chineke! u have elephant memory! The more part of the story is the “lucid” part and I am not ready to divulge. I have a rep to protect. Kinda.

      • Original Mgbeke February 28, 2010 at 12:55 am #

        Yes ooo, I don’t forget easily. Hehehehehe.

  11. BBB February 25, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    hmm
    interesting story
    never heard of this before, her head reminds me of uma thurmans on as medussa in percy jackson lol

    • lucidlilith March 2, 2010 at 10:27 am #

      I just watched ‘clash of the titans’ the old version on Netflix Streaming. Still love the ol school CGI.

  12. naija mom abroad February 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    love the story and how you tell it. Never heard of Lilith till I stumbled on your blog. I then googled it and found out it really is ‘supposedly’ history. Dunno, but it’s interesting all the same.

    And yes, it shows that we women have so much influence on guys that they’d blame all their ‘mis-actions’ on us!

    • lucidlilith March 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

      u know…i used to think this was true but i honestly believe men “conveniently” get influenced by women, when it suits them.

  13. juiceegal February 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Wow…never heard this story before you know. Nice one I enjoyed it.

  14. Xandria February 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    I kinda stumbled on U’r blogspot. I hav been fascinated wit Lilith’s story since I came across her…. I like the similarities U draw btw Eve and Lilith, kinda like the “Virgin” / “whore” dynamic in morden day womanhood. … does that sound hyper-technical? Anyways. loved the blog. cant wait to read more.

    • lucidlilith March 2, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks Xandria! I am glad you like my blog. Its a work in progress as I have only been blogging for about seven months now.

  15. Azazel February 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Are u now a heathen Lilith

    • lucidlilith March 2, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      I am not ready to become a member of “RUTH don die”

  16. Funmi March 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Interesting point about men always being bystanders in these stories… Funny how the “weaker” sex has managed to cause all this wahala…

    • lucidlilith March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am #

      What can I say? Men wrote HIStory. Of course they have to make themselves look good. 😀

  17. Benjamin April 23, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    Interesting read. I am actually a born-again Christian, who studies the Bible, and actually see where and how the Lilith story fits. It’s pretty deep, but it makes a lot of sense. As far as Lilith is concerned, she was not a woman (in the technical sense). Woman has flesh and is taken OUT of man (according to Adam’s assertion). She was, however, female. Also, when studying the Bible, I noticed that the word “create” was used of ADAM (which included the male and female, according to Genesis 5:2), which means either they were not MADE of the earth and had only spirit bodies, OR whatever material their bodies were made of was completely NEW (and created out of nothing, by the Spirit of God). Furthermore, Lilith might have been upset because she did not bare the IMAGE of God— the male, Adam, did. Meaning, God has the image of a male. And this may have disturbed Lilith unto jealousy.

    Also, I found that the story can actually parallel the story of the Messiah and his two females (Israel & the Church). Lilith is a type of Israel (who also refused to submit to her husband), and Eve a type of the church (who was made out of the side of her husband— namely Christ, in the blood and water that poured from his side, representing the justification and sanctification of the believers). I would love to share more on this topic. I don’t believe women should seek to dominate men. If a woman choose to remain unmarried, so be it. But in the case of marriage, the pair work together, with the woman taking the subordinate role NOT because she is not equal, but because there has to be order, and that is the order that God has set forth for a household. As I have stated before “If a man is truly loving and honoring his wife, she would have no reason to NOT want to submit to him.” Society has done much to condescend and degrade the woman, since the induction of sin into the human race. But God desires that love and honor be on both sides of a marriage covenant AND that there be order.

  18. Benjamin April 23, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    P.S. You misspelled “diaries.”

    • lucidlilith April 23, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks! It has been corrected. I can’t believe I never caught that….

  19. Linda Lawless June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Embracing the powerful femininity of a mythological woman is one thing. Heck go ahead and retell mythological tales, no crime there! But in my personal opinion the article crosses the line. It is blasphemous and borders on being disrepectful to religion. I honestly think this is the case. As a woman in patriarch society I’m all for female empowerment BELIEVE THAT. At the same time I’m nothing with out God which is why I feel the need to tell you you got a little carried away with you ‘don’t steal my thunder’ article Ms ‘Lilith’. “Partying up with some demons” you say that like its an awesome thing. ARE YOU FOR REAL? Need to put some respectful boundaries on that pen and don’t be letting that ink run loose!

    • lucidlilith June 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Hello Linda!

      Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s kinda funny but this morning I put on a rosary bracelet my fiance got for me last Sunday and thought how much grace God had given me to survive my trial and tribulations. I too think I am nothing without God. I do feel bad that you are offended but nothing I have written is untrue at least according to what historical accounts I have read. I do have a fascination with powerful women, Lilith being one of them. And I find my article to be written true to my style – not afraid to say what I am thinking. I have few filters and almost no secrets. Please visit more often. I find your opinion rather interesting!

  20. Andrew Na August 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    hey! i just found your blog and haha i have the exact same fascination on lilith as you do, infact i’ve always been fascinated with the character lilith and shes always been my favorite mythology character. I actually have a project i started about women and has alot to do with the character lilith so if i ever do get somewhere with it im calling my company lilith, oh and im a guy lol

  21. Tore September 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Commenting on a two year old blogpost I randomly stumbled across in the internet. Typical me… -.-
    Anyways. I can’t recall exactly where I have it from, but I believe you missed someone between Lilith and Eve.

    Short(ish) version:
    Adam and Lilith is created from clay (or whatever that was again), Lilith refuses to be subservient, they argue and she leaves. Pretty much as you wrote. Then Adam goes crying to daddy (err, well, you know what I mean) and the great I AM decides to make another mate for him. He shapes the earth and clay bit by bit and builds the new woman layer by layer as he did with Lilith (and Adam). Adam is nauseated from seeing it and says he wants nothing to do with her as he’s seen how she’s made. G-man sighs and has a third go at it (no mention about what happened to the unnamed second woman), but this time he puts Adam to sleep first and makes the new woman from Adam’s rib, which he takes from him while he sleeps. This way the new woman, Eve, is both part of Adam and his lesser. This made her subservient and made Adam happy.

    Some mythologies are a bit messed up. Interesting, but messed up. o_O

    Not that the most common creation myth of my faith is any less silly (though without the gender bias) after getting passed down for generations before being written down, in what is now a dead language. Literary translations probably doesn’t help either. Super-short version: humans are made from driftwood. Two different types of wood of course, ’cause there’s two types of human. Oh, and there’s a primordial cow in there somewhere too. 😛

  22. Luis March 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Lilith & Samael are downward 5 pointed star (pentagram) while Adam and Eve are upright pentagram. The pentagram refers to the basic usual human frame for the most part as a head, 2 legs, and 2 limbs. The upside down pentagram of Lilith & Samael is what people see as the goat head sometimes associated with “witchcraft” and general “demonic” reference most often. You will notice on the goat’s head sometimes depicted as a down turned five pointed star with a pole ascending from what would be between the legs of the upright pentagram. This pole usually brandishes a fire, this fire is analogous with the fire of Prometheus or in as well as the fruit of knowledge to create and mold things and to know. So the fruit is also akin to what some say is the fruit by Enki given to mankind as Adamlu, to free man from the chains of ignorance. The fruit of the tree of knowing. It is about fertility and the creative power of creation itself and for humans it is sex with another that creates children, or relationships or situations good or bad for the individual regardless of sex or orientation.The tree of the bible is really the Kabbalistic tree of life. If you investigate further you will see what is sometimes called the Baphomet, which an American statue of George Washington with one hand bent to the sky and one pointed to Earth – As above so it is below. But anyway sometimes the goat’s head can represent a 6 pointed star more clearly when the ears are lengthened and the points of the 6 pointed star are drawn clearly. In this 6 pointed star of the Baphomet has the a 5 pointed pentagram on the center of his forehead either upright or upside down. Note Baphomet has a pole sometimes with is drawn with a flame atop. so one could say the the pole with the flame on the 5 pointed star refers to the 6 pointed star (hexagram) in actuality, which is correct as well. If you look into the form of the Kabbalistic tree of life and/or Knowledge, you will see in to form of the drawn out trees, it has 2 cubes and a tetrahedron ( 4 sided triangle or pyramid) at the bottom of the two cubic shapes, but the tetrahedron is upside down. You can look around for a while and see the pentagram upside down within the Kabalistic tree. Samael and Lilith or Adam and Eve are just later introduced symbols referring mankind within the tree of life and death. Look further and you’ll find a hexagram inside of the hexagons in Kabbalah.

  23. Luis March 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    A pentagram has a pentagon inside it, just as a hexagon is in the very center of a hexagram. But also a pentagon or hexagon can be represented outside of their stars with one were to clearly draw lines connected by flowing the pointed of either star. So outside or within it is one in the same. So within, as is without. Everything is geometry in other words. Everything is harmonious and ideals of separation are not really real. The microcosm of man is the macrocosm of the outside, the sola nets and stars, again as above so below, so below as is above. One in the same, there are no many, just the one with many representations. Anyway, a hexagram is a 2 dimensional symbol of a 3 dimensional cube turned onto one of its corners. Pandora’s box tempts Prometheus, Enki is fooled through the promise of sex, just as Eve brings the apple to Adam to tempt him. It’s not about blaming male or female but that they complete each other and whether your male, female, whatever it is still the same of the one represented by the many, the many facets of one. Feminine side of us all deals with intuition, art, and symbolism, while the left side of the brain deals with facts, patterns, and literal linear thinking. The challenge to mankind is to use both sides in tandem. Anyway , look further into the star of Remphan, Chiun, Magen Star, or possibly Moloch is the so called Star of David today depicted on Israel’s flag. All of these presentations further back refer to El, Elohim, Cronus, Saturn, Shamash, Yaweh/YHWH, Jehovah, Binah, Shani, Adonai, Shiva/Shakti, El Shaddai, Elus, etc. Take the hexagram and remove the bottom lines and it is the broken Star of David or Magen star represented as Freemasonry’s most used symbol of the compass square. They are told to square ones actions, to circle the square as Islamist circle the square of the Kaba for Allah or how Jews stick the Tefillin for Kabbalah on parts of their body namely the center of the head. All for the veneration of planets namely Saturn. Astrotheology is where to look. And even the poles in Kabbalah referred to as “Asherah” get their name from the consort of earlier depicted and writings of Asherah being the consort of El to the Canaanite people. Look into the Phoenicians or the ugaritic people for starters, and how they gave us our modern alphabet and changed the old Sumerian cuneiform writing system used by many in Mesopotamia (Middle East) . Mankind has long worshiped the planets and stars. And Jacobs Ladder refers to the 7 Chaldean/Phoenician Gods or the 7 major worshiped planets, ( cronos/Chronos conflated with Cronus) being the main chief ruler as Saturn/Cronos, which again is Yaweh or El

  24. Luis March 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Lilith, Samael, Adam, Eve are simply us regardless of whether you are male female, straight, gay, transgendered, etc. even God in Kabbalah is represented as having both male and female parts sexually, even plants are hermaphrodites, individuality without remembering connections to all as a collective is boastful and loneliness, many together as one is the fullness and understanding and expression of Nirvana. The only true Satan is are egos, and selfishness without humility and realization that God is within, then and only then can we say it is without. Fear in Love are a choice. Material is in almost nonexistent ant the vibration and energy, the use of light and sound frequency is everything. Fear vibrates lower while love creates more by vibrating at higher frequency. So when you hear people say God is love and love creates, they choose to see the best parts of what we are and where we come from. Be who you are but don’t compete with anyone, try to be the better than you were yesterday, do something kind. Be careful of people as to not get used, but be openminded, be kind, and apologize when you are wrong. Don’t let others steam roll you, stand up for yourself, but not on the backs of others intentionally. Treat others as you would treat yourself, and realize that they are extensions of you. Worship none in the secular but venerate all through good service and deeds. We need not find ourselves, we need to find inner strength that is already within to do what is better for our community and abroad, our health and mentality and concern for others. Enjoy your life and it’s spoils, but just sometimes take time to remember to have a place for people in your heart. Have a guard up but know when to let it down. Vulnerability is our connection to the eventual decay and rebuilding of all things in this plane of life, do what you can. Don’t live in service just to yourself, it’s quite unsatisfying and lonely even if your on top. Cry when you have to and laugh when you can. Enjoy as much as possibly can and make a heaven out of our time here as close as possible. Death is but a milestone, it’s not the only thing in life, and it is never final. I think the seemingly thin veil of a heaven can be brought about in the now in our heart and minds. Humility and compassion despite differences is what we should strive for. I need myself to do better than what I’m doing, I need to be better than I am, not perfect just need to practice what I preach, period, no excuses.

  25. thefirstdark April 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Darkness in the Light.

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