Lilith – The First Feminist Goddess

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The many legends of Lilith – “My name thou knowest not, and yet shall know, and know too late.  But, know thou this indeed: joy is my sister.  Sister I, to death.”  Lilith’s legend stems from many cultures including Babylonian, Sumerian and Hebrew.

Of these she is most well-known for her role in Hebrew writings.  This Sumerian and Hebrew Goddess, once honored for her wisdom, freedom, courage, playfulness, passion, pleasure and sexuality in pre 2300 BCE, was portrayed as a demon by Levite priests at the dawn of patriarchy.  Her liberationalist attitude and assertive behavior was threatening to the emerging patriarchal society, and led to her expulsion from Eden to be replaced by the more subservient Eve.  But let’s piece together the story.

Hebrew Tradition:

It is said that Lilith was the twin sister of Adam and dwelt with him in the Garden at Paradise.  Adam was created from dust, so the story…

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