Lilith. My Favourite Demon Queen – The Bible Version

Lilith is a very famous Demon Queen; often depicted in TV shows, books and arts of a supernatural nature.

There is no real Lilith,what with her being mythological, though she does appear in a good deal of the worlds mythologies in some form. The Lilith most often referred to, and most commonly revered, is the Lilith of the bible. Biblically, Lilith was the first wife of Adam and was either created as Adams Siamese twin or from filth(Adam being made from dust/dirt). As the story goes, Lilith was a strong willed woman and demanded equality with Adam.
Lilith and Adam lived happily until it came to showing their love. Adam, being typically male, wanted to have the dominant role in their carnal activities. Lilith, however, would not abide this, she wanted to lay side-by-side showing they were equal to each other(in some cases she is said to have wanted to be on top). Adam was not happy with her refusal to be beneath and tried to get what he wanted the “biblical” way. Lilith being the clever girl she is whispered the “magical name of God”(my guess is it’s something other than YHWH) and rose into the air to find a more pleasant place to live. God could have also intervened in this event and threw Lilith out of eden for her refusal to submit and adhere, but that doesn’t make sense with what happened next. Another version says she cursed Adam and left by here feet. I’m not quite sure what happened, but I like the 1st ending best, it is more dramatic.

Taking up residence by the Red Sea, Lilith copulated with demons and produced 100 babies per day. She is also accused of having procreated with Satan, birthing the evil Djinn in the Muslim version of the story.
God, being angry with Lilith, sent 3 angels (Sanvi, Sansanvi and Semangelaf. Their names are important for superstition so I best name them) to retrieve her for Adam. Lilith enjoyed her life of freedom next to the Red Sea, among the demons, and so rebuked these angels and cursed their names, sending them back to God with their tails between their legs. God was even less happy now and sent the angels back to tell Lilith if she did not return to Adam he would take her children away from her. Once again she refused and cursed the angels names again, she was punished accordingly. God gave up on the lost cause and created Eve from one of Adams ribs, making her submissive.

The children of Lilith were called the Lilim and were basically succubi. Lilith was immortal because she left Eden before Eve ate that apple, so in her own right she was now a demon, or vengeful angel. The Lilim were also adopted by the Greeks, they called them Lamia (spelt different ways, I prefer the final fantasy way, lol) and Christians called them “harlots of hell” or to put it nicely succubi (apparently the counterpart of incubi, I always thought they were ghosts of rapists though). There were many superstitious ways to ward off Lilith and these hell harlots.

As vengeance upon God for taking her children she waged a war against pregnant women and infants, although boys were fair game until they were around 8 years of age. The 3 angels made Lilith swear she would not harm labouring mothers or newborns who were protected by amulets that bore their names (there were other rituals that gave the same protection though).

Christians believed that if they had a wet dream they had been seduced by Lilith in their sleep and said various prayers, chanted incantations and cast spells to prevent any offspring. It was believed she laughed when ever they had a night emission. It is a little funny. Celibate monks liked to hold a crucifix over their genitalia whilst they slept.

It was once common belief among religious folk that if a child laughed in its sleep Lilith was near by, tapping them on the nose would be sufficient for banishing the demoness though (and probably waking up the infant).
It is believed Lilith was accompanied on her war against humanity by a group of succubi, possibly the same as the other 3 angles of prostitution Agrat Bat Mahlat, Eisheth Zenunim and Naamah. Lilith and her companny of succubi were believed to gather at the foot of the “Mountains of Darkness” and dance with her lover Samael.

Lilith. My Favourite Demon Queen – The Bible Version

Heath30

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