Sunday, March 19, 2017
Looking for Lilith -- the female night demon
Let's talk about Lilith. No, I do not mean the character portrayed by Bebe Neuwirth in Frasier (the TV series). I am talking about the one who is (sort of) in the Bible. Well, let me explain.
You see, I once heard the name Lilith mentioned in connection with Adam (normally associated with Eve and the Garden of Eden), but I had trouble finding her in the Bible because I was looking in all the wrong places. Now I have tracked her down.
First, here is a bit of whimsy:
Lilith and Adam
fought night and day in Eden.
Now he is with Eve.
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Now, more seriously, there is this excerpt from an interesting article:
One talmudic reference claims that people should not sleep alone at night, lest Lilith slay them (Shabbath 151b). During the 130-year period between the death of Abel and the birth of Seth, the Talmud reports, a distraught Adam separates himself from Eve. During this time he becomes the father of “ghosts and male demons and female [or night] demons” (Erubin 18b). And those who try to construct the Tower of Babel are turned into “apes, spirits, devils and night-demons” (Sanhedrin 109a). The female night demon is Lilith.
Read much more about Lilith and the rest of the fascinating story, via this link.