L is for . . . Lilith

From Part Time Monster, one of my favourite goddesses.

Part Time Monster

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Lilith is undoubtedly a monstrous lady, usually depicted as a demon. Here name means “night hag.” I’m not doing research for this – just telling you what I know and think about her. She comes from Jewish mythology and has antecedents in older Mesopotamian religions. She’s also been associated at various times (sometimes wrongly) with monstrous Greek demigoddesses.

The most common Lilith origin story is that she was Adam’s first wife, created out of the same earth as him (not from his rib as Eve was). She refused to be subservient to Adam, left the Garden of Eden to have a fling with a rebellious archangel, refused to return, and bore a host of demonic children. In other versions, Lilith starts out as a demon and the demonic children come from her seduction of Adam (or Cain).

References to Lilith in stories and popular culture abound. It’s not uncommon to…

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~ by Sable Aradia on April 14, 2015.

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