Before Adam there was a woman called Lilith!


Before Adam there was a woman called Lilith!
by ramintork

Remember when you were very small your Mum and Dad would say if you were naughty Lulu would take you away? Well here is her story. Our Lulu is known as Lilith. There are so many versions to her story, she is a female demon, deity, and Adam’s first wife, in some stories born before Adam and in some she is born after him. According to Kabbalah writing she was created before Adam on the fifth day of creation as a water creature. But other writings mention that she was created from the same substance as Adam.

In Folk tradition Lilith came out of clay rather than Adam and demanded to be treated as an equal to Adam. Adam and Lilith quarrel so much, she runs away so Adam prays for help and God sends three angels to bring her back. 'Leave me!' she said. 'I was created only to cause sickness to infants. If the infant is male, I have dominion over him for eight days after his birth, and if female, for twenty days. ’

When the angels heard Lilith's words, they insisted she go back. But she swore to them by the name of the living and eternal God: 'Whenever I see you or your names or your forms in an amulet, I will have no power over that infant. ' She also agreed to have one hundred of her children die every day. Accordingly, every day one hundred demons perish, and for the same reason, we write the angels' names on the amulets of young children. When Lilith sees their names, she remembers her oath, and the child recovers.

Another widely taught version of this is that the Hebrew cosmogony originally told a story of Yahweh creating Adam to marry a local Goddess-associated figure named Lilith. Lilith was a follower of the Great Mother Goddess, Inanna -- later known as both Ishtar and Asherah.

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh was said to have destroyed a tree that was in a sacred grove dedicated to the Goddess Ishtar/Inanna/Asherah. Lilith ran into the wilderness in despair. She then is depicted in the Talmud and Kabbalah as first wife to Yahwehs's first creation of man, Adam. In time, as stated in the Old testament, the Hebrew followers continued to worship "false idols", like Asherah, as being as powerful as Yahweh.

Jeremiah speaks of his (and Yahweh's) displeasure at this behavior to the Hebrew people about the worship of the Goddess in the Old Testament. Lilith is banished from Adam and Yahweh's presence when she is discovered to be a "demon" and Eve becomes Adam's wife. Lilith then took the form of the serpent in her jealous rage at being displaced as Adam's wife. Lilith as serpent then proceeds to trick Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge and in this way is responsible for the downfall of all of humankind. It is worthwhile to note here that in religions pre-dating Judaism, the serpent was known to be associated with wisdom and re-birth (with the shedding of its skin). In Arabic mythology she is refered to as Karina.

Karina of Arabic lore is considered Lilith’s equivalent.

She is mentioned as a child-stealing and child-killing witch. In this context, Karina plays the role of a "shadow" of a woman and a corresponding male demon, Karin, is the "shadow" of a man. Should a woman marry, her Karina marries the man’s Karin. When the woman becomes pregnant is when Karina will cause her chaos.

She will try to drive the woman out and take her place, cause a miscarriage by striking the woman and if the woman succeeds in having children then her Karina will have the same number of children she does. The Karina will continuously try to create discord between the woman and her husband. Here, Karina plays the role of disruptor of marital relations, akin to one of Lilith's roles in Jewish tradition. I think this is how the story of “ Ham Zaad” or our born shadows must have come about. If you like this mythology then read the full story in the Wiki. //en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Lilith


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by ramintork on

In the age of enlightenment when Artists lived by the Bohemian commandments John Collier paints Lilith with wild red hair and mildly blushed porcelain skin as did most Pre-Raphaelite when depicting a seductive woman.

But unlike Michael Angelo's depiction of Lilith with red hair appearing as the serpent (the hair colour for sinners and temptresses), in the age of nihilism and free spirits these Bohemians welcome her temptation like a moth to a flame.

Her independent mind and the fact that God failed to bring her back after sending three angels and that he could not handle such a creation is absolutely hilarious. I guess that is why she was eliminated from Genesis.

It makes Adam look like a whining ninny and God a lousy marriage-counsellor!

The big question is, would Adam's son be more of a man to keep up with such an independent creature?

I think even as a baby I would have been happy for Lulu to take me away if I knew she is so damn sexy!



Thanks Miny

by ramintork on

You are so generous with your words.



You are amazing and interesting!

by Miny (not verified) on

Hey ur choice of subject is always so refreshingly different...and i remember u always as an author of "Iranian Stereotypes".......unforgettable and hilarious piece that was what u wrote...Kudos...Keep up the trend!

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When religious orders changed they vilified old Gods &Goddesses

by ramintork on

She is the first feminist slipping through from pre to post Judaism.

 Form an age when women played a greater role in spirituality and men worshiped nature and animal spirits. 

It was not unusual for cultures to take a mythology and transform it to a new form. So with a shift to a Patriarch society the Goddess would become weak, slaved, slain or demonic.

There is a similar parallel that exists in Greek myth where power is shifted from Mother Goddess Gaia and Rhea the Titaness to a new Generation with the male dominant figure of Zeus.

Titans became slaves to Zeus.

In our shift from Mithraism to Zoroastrianism Mitra became an angel. 

By the way, In Islam Adam is created from Clay not blood but there is another verse stating the creation of man from a clot of blood.

Also in Islam she becomes the mother of jinns ( our shadows the "Ham Zaad" Jinns).

The more one digs, the more one realizes that these faith systems are just one big game of Chinese whispers transforming old wives tale to something concrete that unfortunately turn people's lives upside down.

I just read Azadeh's poem as well and I thought it was wonderful.



by Bunyip on

In Islamic lore, Adam is said to have been created from "dry blood" or "alagh" in arabic.


This was very interesting

by desi on

This was very interesting thanks.  In Islamic lore, isn't Adam too made of clay?

Nazy Kaviani

Thanks Ramin

by Nazy Kaviani on

And here's a poem Azadeh Azad, sharing her reflections on Lilith:



Even the serpent was a female!

by Mehman on

I wonder why in ancient traditions the blame is always put on the woman! The serpent who deceived Eve was a jealous woman, Eve who ultimately convinced Adam to eat the fruit was a woman!

 Men seem to be bunch of innocent simpletons to be always deceived by shrewd evil women!


another sad female figure in mythology

by IRANdokht on

Thank you Ramin for bringing this up. 

It seems like the old stories are filled with jealous, vengeful, cruel or just stupid female figures... 

What came first? the fear of women as equal human beings or the stories that portrayed them as dangerous creatures?

Adam was doomed to live with either Lilith the cruel baby-killer or Eve who was too evil or just gullible enough to fall for the temptation of evil, and made him eat the forbidden fruit. All Adam's miseries are caused by women. Poor Adam.