The Mother of Darkness – Story behind Lilith
A critical lookout…
Study of religion can be an excruciating undertaking. With the coming of the modern age, reliable and unbiased sources are extremely scarce and hard to find. Open your browser and start searching – the only thing you’ll find are para-religious groups and sects, conspiracy theorists, Satanists and other devil worshippers as well as wannabe vampires. They all claim to know how a world-wide cover up is taking place, that we are unaware and practically lambs waiting to meet the beautiful blade. Go to hell.
So, we can see that the word “integrity” is in essence our biggest problem, lethal obscurity to be frank. There are many characters/beings from the Bible who have become “mainstream” and mostly misinterpreted and created by an individual’s wild imagination. Then comes proliferation, perversion and worshiping in the basements by teenage, lobotomized “acolytes” who offer cats, frogs or whatever to the ol’ Horned one. People, please.
So we come to the topic of our article – Lilith, Adam’s first wife, personification of female lust, passion, sinister deeds and an inspiration for today’s feminists…oh God. Let us understand something before we begin: MANY out there, in both cyber space and in the “flesh” world, claim her unreal and/or misunderstood. I will discuss to a general context somewhat, without clinging to one or the other. It is difficult to make an unbiased article, especially about a personality controversial such as this, but I’ll give my best shot.
Let’s start with the conventional fact that no one disputes: she is Adam’s first wife, during whose creation demons interfered thus making her unique, not after the God’s image. Of course, this started all sorts of problems, making her unwilling to submit to Adam, thus replacing her with Eve that was made from Adam’s rib. Some say that this is not true, but there are more reasons pro, than con. Reluctance to defer to the male character and her motive for revenge made her appealing to some groups of people, even at the time, creating a vile image of females in the ancient society, but of this a bit later.
She counted more appearances through time than most divas do in Hollywood productions, assuming all kinds of roles and personalities, but those were mostly evil, deceptive and malicious. She is considered a demon and a quite powerful one, even the Satan’s wife! There is considerable evidence that her origin could be traced to Babylon’s demonology, making her a sylph monstrosity that preyed on pregnant women, infants and according to some, also young men – wards with her name protected the homes with children or pregnant women, because according to folklore, she was afraid of her being discovered by mortals. Others say that she struck a deal that she will not kill in the houses with those wards to avoid doing 25 to life. The reason for giving these attributes to Lilith is obvious from the medical perspective: in the ancient world, almost every complication during childbirth could result in tragedy and death for the both infant and mother, since there were no medications or means for prevention. Only prayers, sacrifice and talismans.
Like most of deities from the Middle East it is possible that she has “travelled” to the West and there her image had been adapted, but the essential traits couldn’t have been altered: she IS a “femme fatale”, powerful being that can traverse all planes of existence and has looks that literally kill. She is given magic and corruption powers, timeless beauty and immortality. Lilith is definitely a bad choice for the prom night.
Feminists are interesting when it comes to Lilith – she symbolizes feminine charms, strength and defiance to males, but they are missing out on the part when “their goddess and role model” goes during the night to kill pregnant women and babies. Of course, they made her look like a martyr and a helpless being, trying to contrite but that is not a scholarly or theological view and it has no proof, but then again, extremists never had sense. I vote for the intellectual view based both on archaeological and historical findings.
This is just a cold-blood analysis of a personality that lives in human imagination and curiosity, not intended to decide who is right or wrong. It is hard thereby to write something about characters that posses a high degree of diverse interpretations and not to hurt anyone’s feelings in the process. Lilith IS a character that still relishes in ignorance and like politicians, she changes many parties and teams, making her difficult to place in a fair light, but her general feats categorize her as “evil”, so I’ll take that. After all, if a winged demon with bird talons and poisonous milk is your model for a more humanoid person, she really is not going to work for charity organizations or collect donations.
The reason why Lilith is so enigmatic in both male and female minds is the symbolism and the mystery shroud, allowing all kinds of possibilities to develop. Her very appearance is not uniform and even her disposition. In the early “years” of the myth, she was no better than the Satan, a rapacious monster with claws and thirst for blood. Over the years, until Renaissance, she was acquiring a more subtle, malicious character, devouring her prey suddenly after seducing it. When Lilith arrived into Renaissance, she even got a motive of sadness and angst, making her a martyr. By all means this is a drastic leap from character to character and from culture to culture. Just summarize it: she originated in the Middle East in a hidden form (no one knows her exact birthplace for sure) and made her way to Europe after influencing all cultures en route. On the other hand, Lilith like a symbol of resistance to “male society” is a paradoxical one, since her constant killer instinct upon even women and children, makes me reluctant to put any stock in it. To me, Lilith is a representation of a wronged person, but an evil one to be clear. As a deity, under a different name in some cultures, her role as pure plight can be understood since childbirth was an arduous and a risky period in a woman’s life at the time. However, anything deeper than that, especially in monotheistic religions, must be taken with a truck-load of ocean salt. The filtering through many sects, schools and times in those religions, tend to modify the character to unimaginable proportions, giving a distorted picture. There are countless examples to reinforce this statement.
So people, search with both patience and skepticism for information regarding religion or “its” characters and their motives. Judge the quality on the scale of dependable origin and REAL evidence. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go and sacrifice a chocolate cake and a wild fruit frappe to the Gods of candy and sweets.