posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 08:06 PM
Originally posted by NotTooHappy
I always thought Lilith, Adam's first wife, was the first vampire. Wasn't she cursed to feed off the children of Adam?
I would say that she was prob the genesis of the vampire legend, so to speak. She's a very scary she-devil.
Lilith, aside from a stray reference comparing her to a "screechowl" (the translation is debatable), does not appear in the Bible itself. It is in
Rabbinic midrash (presumably relying on earlier legends) that we find the full delineation of Lilith. The rabbis began with the Biblical reference to
man's first creation as a bisexual being--"male and female He [God] created them [the first human]". Some of the rabbis found in this image
something similar to what Aristophanes proposed in the Symposium: a dual bodied being later divided into two who must thereafter seek each other out.
But others tried to take into account the later creation of Eve detailed further on in the text. If woman was created from Adam, after his initial
creation, than what happened to the female created at first? The answer, according to the Midrash, was that she was Lilith; created with Adam, she
refused to comply with Adam's demand that she submit herself to him, and in the end fled from him by using the Ineffable Name. Adam then complained
to God about his loneliness, and the creation of Eve followed, together with the "Fall" and the Expulsion from Eden. Adam, blaming this on Eve,
separated from her, and for a time reunited with Lilith, before finally returning to Eve. (The details of this first soap opera are reported with
various embellishments.) Lilith bore Adam a number of children in this interval, who became the demons. After Adam's reconcilation with Eve, Lilith
assumed the Queenship of the Demons; in some versions she is the consort of Samael, in others she remains unpartnered. As Queen of the Demons, she
kills babies in their cribs (apparently this was the folk explanation of SIDS), but only in the first days of their life. Her greatest opportunity is
with infant boys before their circumcision on the eigth day, and in Germanic lands Jews developed the custom of the "Watch-night" to counter her, a
semi-magical vigil around the crib on the night preceding the performance of the brit milah. In addition to this, she still produces children,
according to a much later Kabbalistic elaboration. These demons are the children of men, as her original offspring were the children of Adam, Lilith
being impregnated by the semen produced by masturbation and nocturnal emissions.
Quoted from "an essay by Jeffery Smith "
Also it seems that she was the Partner ( wife? ) of Samael or Satan. It seems that the story of lilith goes back before Judaism and may have had a
part in the Epic of Gilgamesh, see above link for more info.
[edit on 7-6-2004 by Janus]