Lilith – Night Monster

In Genesis 2, Elohim creates a wife for Adam by putting him into a deep sleep and removing a part of his flesh. When he wakes up, he sees that Chaya is ‘bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.’ He recognizes her; she is a suitable helper.

The legend of Lilith is believed to be found in the creation account of Genesis. According to Genesis 1:26-27, Elohim creates man and woman together: “So God created mankind in the divine image, male and female God created them.” According to Jewish mythology, this created being was androgynous, male and female together. Elohim then split them into two parts which lead to the idea of ‘soul mates.’

The person of Lilith is believed to be a Sumerian vampire, Lillu, or a Mesopotamian female night demon, Lilin. The full account of Lilith and Adam was written by Ben Sira from antiquities. In summary, Lilith is an assertive wife who fought with her husband all the time. She rebelled against her husband and was banished to the desert. She was replaced by Chaya and then became the killer of newborn babies during the night.

Lilith became known as a beautiful woman who seduces men in their sleep and births demon children. She is called by some as the Queen of Demons. The prophet Isaiah mentions Lilith and calls her a night monster.

“Wildcats and hyenas will meet there; and billy-goats call to each other; Lilit [the night monster] will lurk there and find herself a place to rest” (Isaiah 34:14).

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