Let’s talk Lilith!

   A friend of mine that follows my blog emails me and says,  “I read all of your blogs, you’ve spoken about Lilith a few times but I need more info, will you do a blog just on Lilith for me?”  How do you say no to that!  So here we go, Let’s talk Lilith!

Lilith was said to have been the first female created out of dust by the hands of God as a mate for Adam.  If  you recall, Adam was also made out of dust, making them equal in her eyes. (See Genesis 1: 26-27) it was not until later that Eve was created from the rib of Adam causing her to be submissive to him. (See Genesis 2: 21-24)

It was said that Lilith was a bit headstrong and would not submit to Adam, often having argued about being made to lie beneath him during sex.  Having had enough of Adam, she left him and went to live by the Red Sea.  This is where the demons were known to have lived.  The “Watchers”  as stated by the book of Enoch, were the 200 angels that were cast down from Heaven due to their arrogance and disregard for God and his commandments.  They had been cast upon the face of the Earth while it was still in a void state, prior to the story of creation.   Lilith consorted with the demons and they taught her many secrets, things that were only meant for God and his angels to have known.  She bore many children for them as well (The Nephilim).  Lilith having not eaten from the forbidden fruit of the tree of life,  would not know a mortal death and would forever carry the secrets of God with her to enlighten her spawn.

Enter Cain who had been cast away after murdering his brother Abel.  In his wanderings he encountered Lilith who first seduced him and then shared with him the power of consuming blood.  It is said that the offspring of Cain and Lilith were the first of the Vampire race.

There are many different tales of Lilith in many different dialects, all vary in the details.
The tale above seems to be collaborated by several different ancient texts to include The
Bible, The Book of Enoch and the Talmud to mention a few.
Many legends title Lilith as a demon that is a seducer of men and a murderer of infants.
Demonized by Jewish legend, Lilith is blamed to this day for infant deaths.

Documentation of Vampires in ancient texts…..

One of the earliest forms of recorded evidence of the Vampire was found on a tablet at Ur dating back to 2000 b.c.e.  The Sumarian epic poem mentions Lilith.  Lilith’s name appears in Gilgamesh and the Huluppu-Tree.  So, who is Lilith?

Some scholars claim that Lilith was the original mate to Adam. Though the book of Genesis does not mention her by name, there are several indications, if read carefully that suggest that Eve was indeed not the first female created by God.  It is argued that because of her acts, Lilith was removed from the Bible.   It is said that The first man and woman were formed from the dust of the Earth by the hands of God, however within the same book of Genesis, It is contradicted by stating that Eve was formed from one of Adams ribs. There are several other references to Lilith throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible that suggest further details of Lilith’s legacy though also not mentioning her by name. So what became of Lilith?     Legend states that because she refused Adam she was banished from the Garden of Eden and became the Queen of darkness. Lilith was said to have bred with the Nephilim, fallen angels, resulting in the birth of enlightened beings with knowledge of the heavens and the earth as well as a thirst for blood.

Other respected ancient texts that mention the vampire are the Aggadah which refers to texts in the classical Rabbine literature of Judaism dating 1500-1200 A.D.

The writer Homer, in the 8th century relayed: The undead are too insubstantial to be heard by the living and cannot communicate with them without drinking blood first.

Documents from the 12th century Inquisisiton, a group of institutions within the judicial system of the Roman Church detail several occurences of encounters with vampires.

William of Newburgh – wrote in the 1190s, “It would not be easy to believe that the corpses of the dead should sally (I know not by what agency) from their graves, and should wander about to the terror or destruction of the living, and again return to the tomb, which of its own accord spontaneously opened to receive them, did not frequent examples, occurring in our own times, suffice to establish this fact, to the truth of which there is abundant testimony”. Stories of revenants were very personal, always about a specific individual who had recently died.

Leo Allatius (also known as Leone Allacci) seventeenth-century Greek vampirologist, was possibly the first modern author to write a book on vampires.

After completing his studies, he returned to Chios as the assistant to the Roman Catholic Bishop Marco Giustiniani. He later moved back to Italy to study medicine and rhetoric, and worked for many years at the Vatican library.

In 1645 he completed De Graecorum hodie quirundam opinationibus,in which he discussed many of the beliefs common to the people of Greece. Allatius covered the Greek vampire traditions in great detail. He described the Vrykolakas,the undecomposed corpse that has been taken over by a demon, and noted the regulations of the Greek Church for the discernment and disposal of a Vrykolakas. He then noted his own belief in the existence of vampires, which had occasionally been reported on Chios.

The list goes on and on, some of the most respected writings throughout history document encounters with the children of the night. Stay tuned to the blog, as we closer examine these, and other historic writings that document the existence of the Vampire.