Lilith

Lilith is well known in demonology. She is a female mesopotamiam storm demon associated with wind. She is believed to be the bearer of disease, illness, and death.

Lilith, the seductive feminine demon

Lilith, the seductive feminine demon

Lilith is believed to be a succubus that comes in the dreams of men and drain their energy be having sexual intercourse with them. Many people have reported having dreams of a beautiful lady having sex with them and then feeling drained of their energy. She is also believed to live inside mirrors and seduce the vanity of young girls. Lilith is the most notorious demon in Jewish tradition. In some sources, she is conceived of as the original woman, created even before Eve, and she is often presented as a thief of newborn infants. Lilith means “the night,” and she embodies the emotional and spiritual aspects of darkness: terror, sensuality, and unbridled freedom. More recently, she has come to represent the freedom of feminist women who no longer want to be “good girls.”

Lilith becomes not only a spirit of darkness,but also a figure of uncontrolled sexuality. It is forbidden for a man to sleep alone in a house, lest Lilith get hold of him.” Lilith is said to fertilize herself with male sperm to give birth to other demons.

Finally, she has a place in vampire lore either as the first and most powerful of the vampires, or at least as their queen. She is sometimes presented as either the daughter or the consort of Dracula. In her role as succubus, she has, of course, particular control of nightmares and erotic dreams. She also rules a horde of other succuba and incubi.

In folk Judaism, the primary myths about Lilith continue to identify her principally as a stealer of babies. Numerous amulets for pregnant women and babies from medieval through modern times use the three names of the angels mentioned in the Alphabet of Ben Sira (Sanvi, Sansanvi, and Samangelof) to ward away Lilith. Such amulets may also contain a circle with the names of Adam and Eve on the inside of the circle, and the name of Lilith on the outside: a clear warning to Lilith to stay outside the family realm. A red ribbon is also sometimes placed on a crib to ward off Lilith.