Once again, I am spectacularly late to the Hop. What can I say, I never promised to hop gracefully… so, without further ado, I’m turning the controls over to Georgina Morales. Ready, set, get scared!
Halloween Monsters And Urban Legends: A Coffin Hop 2012 Guest Post
by Georgina Morales
There are many famous Halloween monsters to pick and choose, and I’m devoting my blog to exploring the most iconic of them, but not today. Today, I want to share with you something special, since such a special lady has invited me over to her blog. I want to share with you the complex story behind one of the most controversial, yet pervasive figures in the world of religious and occult studies: Lilith.
|What a woman!|
If you read horror/paranormal stories or if you watch shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural, or True Blood, you recognize Lilith’s name. Ever stronger, Lilith’s influence has reached every time farther into the confines of popular culture. From witchcraft to feminism, the violet-eyed beauty has escaped the boundaries of apocryphal teachings to become an ever-present symbol of feminine power.
Based on the most common recounts, her story began at the same time as Adam’s. She was the first woman created by God—before Eve—made in His own image and equal to Adam (Gen 1-27). Then, on Gen 2-21 God has put Adam alone on The Garden and decides to create a woman from his rib. This is Eve, the second woman created for Adam.
This interpretation of the Genesis is based on Hebrew folklore and remains highly controversial. It is said that Lilith refused to be subservient to Adam because they were both made from the same Divine Dust, and flew out of Paradise, leaving him alone. God, then, creates a new woman from Adam’s rib, so she would be attached to him, and sends three angels to look for Lilith. She’s found at the entrance of a cave giving birth to all of the demons that populate Hell. The three angels try to force her to come back to Paradise by threatening to kill a hundred of her children for every day of her disobedience. In retaliation, Lilith is said to take the souls of human baby boys up to eight days old (until they are circumcised) or up to twenty days old if they’re girls.
Her Assyrian simile, called Lamastu or Lamashtu, was believed to be a vicious demon goddess that would sneak into a house at night and either kill or steal babies, born and unborn. You can see the parallels, right? Hence the idea that Lilith is a demon herself, or a vampire. Whenever impregnated, Lilith will give birth to demons, so comes another of her famous identities: A Succubus.
Now, witchcraft, on the other hand, has a more positive view of Lilith. She’s considered another representation of Hecate, like Araria, Diana, and so many more. Because witchcraft has always centered in the power of women, she’s revered as a feminist demonized by men and the patriarchal system in order to rob her of her true power. Like Hecate herself, there are many incantations that ask Lilith for her protection and help.
Regardless of what side you choose to believe, if any, Lilith is a complex myth—not unlike women—and her story reflects many aspects of the struggle of women through time. So, what would you be more afraid of: Lilith, the demon/vampire/witch? Or Lilith, the woman scorned?
I for one will fear whichever version of Lilith that decides to come after me, since anything I’d do to get her attention probably wouldn’t be good. Now then… if Georgina’s little tale has piqued your interest, here’s some more on her and her writing:
Born in Mexico City, Georgina was always divided between the world of the paranormal, the religious, and science, even as a kid. Through her years in medical school, she experienced all kinds of creepy things. Now, she writes about the things that live in the dark from her home in Norwalk, Ct., where the history of the northeast, its old buildings, and its endless forests mix with her rich background and make for her unique style. She’s also a staff reviewer for Dark River Press. Feel free to stalk her on Facebook, her blog, or Goodreads, or check out her reviews on Dark River Press. You can buy Perpetual Night or Georgina’s other work here.
Now… the not so fun news. Coffin Hop is drawing to a close! Alas, it’s true, tomorrow is the final day. So, while you still can, get out there, check out the other Hoppers, and enter all the contests that tickle your morbid fancy!