The picture to the left is from a terracotta relief, Sumeria,
c2,000 to c1950 BCE. It shows a winged Woman with owl feet,
holding noone knows what in both hands (a ring and a staff is
one unlikely suggestion; trumpets is another). Around Her are
owls. She is trodding on two lions, each facing opposite
directions. Lilith is the "She Demon" of ancient Babylonian,
Sumerian, Hebrew, and early Christian myth. She is written of in
Isaiah 34:14 as a "screech owl," and is a form of apocalyptic
harbinger. Her name means "Night," "Lamb Strangler," "Bone
Crusher," and other less than pleasant names. She was Adam's
first wife, before Eve came along, but She left him because he
was arrogant and domineering (or he left Her because She is
"shrewish"--- I wasn't there, so I cannot choose sides in the
These pages show some of the flavor and awe that is Goddess Lilith.
Links with the flying seagull are Mariner's Ministries pages.
The Goddess Lilith is currently, here in the 1990sCE,
associated with strong, independent women. This may be why
contemporary feminism has appropreated Her as a symbol for
feminism--- even though there are excellent, real-life women who
were and are fine examples to emulate. This appropriation of
Lilith by feminists has, by ignorance and by design, rewritten
the Lilith mythology: She has taken on aspects and attributes
She had not posessed for four thousand years. But that is the
nature of Goddesses and Gods.
Lilith is also associated with homosexual women, though I have
found no reason in the ancient and contemporary litature of
Lilith that supports this association. It is possible that some
people equate strong, independant, self-responsible women with
"lesbianism:" this seems an unlikely equation to me, since it
implies that independence and strength are somehow associated
with ones' sexuality--- which is not so.
to Shy David's Home Page.