Lilith, a female demon from Jewish mythology, has been developed into characters in popular culture. One writer on witches has written "No spirit exerts more fascination over media and popular culture than Lilith. Her appearances are genuinely too numerous to count." Lilith is one of several demonic figures with biblical or related origins taken into popular culture.
Lilith (Lurianic Kabbalah)
In the teachings of rabbi Isaac Luria, it is said that there are many Liliths. Manasseh Matlub Sithon said "many Liliths and demons are abroad, and go up and down." The greatest of these is the wife of Adam Qadmon, a being that God used as an avatar to create the Universe in all its ten or more dimensions, hence a multiverse. Another, more demonic Lilith, known as the woman of whoredom, is found in the Zohar book 1:5a. She is Samael (Satan)'s feminine counterpart. The Lilith that most are familiar with is the wife of Adam in the Alphabet of Ben Sira (8th to 10th centuries CE), known as Adam ha Rishon, "the common man," among kabbalists. There are mixed views of Lilith in the Zohar. In one account she is Samael's counterpart and a mother of demons. In another she is seen seducing the fallen angels as Naamah; the angels Azza and Azazael after they challenge the Shekhinah (the feminine dwelling presence of God) over the creation of man. This is alluded in the Zohar book 1 :19a-b, 23a-b, 27a-b respectively. When Lilith and Naamah (another aspect of Lilith) were with Adam in his 130 year separation from Eve after the fall, they had daughters born from their union. These were the nashiym, the lilim, the liloth spirits who were the ones who seduced the Watchers. These daughters along with Lilith and Naamah are restored to Adam through the Wisdom of Solomon, the aspect of the Shekhinah, (referred to as the two prostitutes and the Nashiym in chapters 4 and 5 in the book).
Luria interpreted Book of Isaiah chapter 34:14-15 to mean Lilith would find her rest. From these passages rabbi Isaac Luria believed that Lilith was to be restored to Adam through the marriage of Leah to Jacob — Jacob was Adam, Leah was Lilith, and Rachel was Eve.
Lilith, female demon of Jewish folklore; her name and personality are derived from the class of Mesopotamian demons called lilû (feminine: lilītu). In rabbinic literature Lilith is variously depicted as the mother of Adam’s demonic offspring following his separation from Eve or as his first wife, who left him because of their incompatibility. Three angels tried in vain to force her return; the evil she threatened, especially against children, was said to be counteracted by the wearing of an amulet bearing the names of the angels. A cult associated with Lilith survived among some Jews as late as the 7th century ad.
I wonder if from this story, myth or 'truth' comes the idea of seeing women as evil and men as the representatives of 'good'. The Patriarchal churchfathers tried to erase the feminine influence from the gospel/bible (Davinci Code; the Gospel of Magdalene), and in Judaism, Islam and other faiths the men are dominant too, and women are not seen as positive human beings. In todays vision decadent, hedonistic and immoral Hollywood movie stars, pop stars, junky chic fashion models, call girls and hookers are the modern day Lilith's.
The historical Buddha's most famous statements on women came about when his stepmother and aunt, Maha Pajapati Gotami, asked to join the Sangha and become a nun. The Buddha initially refused her request. Eventually he relented, but in doing so he made conditions and a prediction that remain controversial to this day.
The Rev. Patti Nakai of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago tells the story of the Buddha's stepmother and aunt, Prajapati. According to the Rev. Nakai, when Pajapati, Buddha's stepmother asked to join the Sangha (the Buddhist "association", "assembly," "company" or "community") and become a disciple, "Buddha's response was a declaration of the mental inferiority of women, saying they lacked the capacity to understand and practice the teachings of non-attachment to self."
The historical Buddha was, after all, a man of his time, and would have been conditioned to see women as inferior. However, Pajapati and the other nuns succeeded in breaking down the Buddha's misunderstanding.
Pajapati and her 500 followers would be the first Buddhist nuns. But he predicted that allowing women into the Sangha would cause his teachings to survive only half as long - 500 years instead of a 1,000.
In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang male and female dualities are seen in the sense of Male = positive and Female is negative. In strict confucian, Taoist and Buddhist societies like Korea and China the male is superior over the female. They aren't female friendly societies like Europe or the USA. Male is seen as the symbol of light and the female stands for dark, the male stand for high and the female for low, the male for hot and the female for cold, the male for water and the female for fire, the male for life and the female for death.
Pieter, so the devil jumps through the baby so that the original sin will stick with him very interesting story...... I really appreciate you posting all this information, I just wish I could watch all of it, but this Spanish habit reminds me other European old traditions.
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