This is a portrait of my friend
Eileen Hendren as the Lilith. It was inspired by
has it that Lilith was Adam's first wife, created together
with him on the Sixth Day and from the same materials. Some
say Lilith was created a little later, after Adam complained
to God that he alone of the creatures of the earth had no
partner. Either way, Lilith was created independently from
and equal to Adam, and this led to problems.
least of them arose because Adam always liked to be on top
when making love. No doubt this was merely a symptom of deeper
differences, but it was the issue that caused the rift in
the end. After a particularly fierce argument which Adam
attempted to win by force, Lilith in fury uttered the mystical,
ineffable Name of the Almighty, clapped her hands and flew
complained to Jehovah that he had been abandoned, so God
sent three angels to persuade Lilith to return home. They
found her on the shores of the Red sea in a place populated
by a particularly lascivious breed of demon, from whose attentions
she had been giving birth to a hundred more little demons
every day. At least, that is how the angels reported it in
Adam's version of events.
three angels tried to coax Lilith to return to Adam but she
only laughed: 'How could I go back to Adam after the entertainment
I have enjoyed here?' The angels threatened to kill her but
she only dared them to try. Which they did, and failed because
she had learned some magical tricks in her exile. But after
a great battle they managed to bundle her into the Outer
Darkness and slaughter her offspring.
meanwhile had been provided with a new mate in the form of
Eve, who was fashioned from his rib in the hope that this
would bind her more dutifully to him. And the rest of their
tale is famous enough not to need repeating here.
the Outer Darkness Lilith, whose most common form was of
a woman from the waist up and a serpent below, became the
consort of Samael and other fallen angels. Fury with Adam
and grief for her slaughtered children led Lilith to plot
revenge. By mating with the rebel angels she gave birth to
many of the greatest demons to plague the world. Chief among
them were the lilin or lamiae of the ancient world, vampires
also known as succubi, who were fatal ravishers of men and
devourers of newborn babes.
was banished from the world of Adam and Eve but she occasionally
managed to sneak back. It's often said that the serpent that
tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden was none other than Lilith
and many Medieval scenes of the Temptation show the serpent
as a woman from the waist up, handing over the fatal fruit
to bring about the Fall.
Also, see Lilith in the Sistine chapel http://jewishchristianlit.com/Topics/Lilith/miche06l.html
by Izzy Schwartz.