In the Old Testament, the nocturnal demon Goddess of Death, Lilitu (Hebrew: לִילִית Lîlîṯ or Lilin) is the head of the female demons, and is said to be the main cause of all the ills and diseases that especially afflict children. She was originally associated with the Succubus female and with a demoniac first wife of Adam. “When Adam, doing penance for his sin, separated from Eve for 130 years, he, by impure desire, caused the earth to be filled with demons, or shedim, lilin, and evil spirits” (Gen. R. xx.; ‘ h‘. 18b).
The meaning of the Hebrew term Lilith (Lilit or Lilim), is “night creatures”, “night monster”, “night hag”, or “screech owl.” In the Akkadian language of Assyria and Babylonia the terms lili and līlītu mean spirits, and in cuneiform inscriptions from Mesopotamia, Līlīt and Līlītu refers to disease-bearing wind spirits.(Wikipedia)
Like most demons, she seeks to enter into here victim host and cause the disease while overwhelming the soul, or what we can call “seizing” the victim (“ahazo.” Shah. 151b; Yoma 88a. 84a) by taking over their central nervous systems by secret infiltration through the hidden canals that are their veins into the waters that represent their blood.
In the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, it is written about Lilith; “In ancient variants she is known as the demon Lilith, ‘Striga’ or ‘Strigla’; the name is next changed into ‘Estrelia,’ or ‘Strelia Margarita,’ and then to the ‘Star Margarita.’ But Lilith is the more common and the more prominent name. This amulet, once universally used, is still used throughout the east of Europe (Austria, Russia, Rumania, Turkey) and almost everywhere in the East (India, Syria, Arabia, etc) as quite a common practice among the Jews.”
The Jewish-Roman historian, Josephus had said that demons were the ” spirits of the wicked which enter into men that are alive and kill them.” These ancient teachings are of an age-old secret scientific process of demon infiltration into the body of humans.
The only occurrence is in the Book of Isaiah 34:14, describing the desolation of Edom, where the Hebrew word lilit (or lilith) appears in a list of eight unclean animals, some of which may have demonic associations. Since the word lilit (or lilith) is a hapax legomenon in the Hebrew Bible and the other seven terms in the list are better documented, the reading of scholars and translators is often guided by a decision about the complete list of eight creatures as a whole.
She is found in Cuneiform texts of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia. Lilith is described in a class of female demons in the Babylonian Talmud. In the Dead Sea Scrolls Songs of the Sage, the term first occurs in a list of monsters. In Jewish magical inscriptions on bowls and amulets from the 6th century CE onwards, Lilith is identified as a female demon and the first visual depictions appear.
The Dead Sea Scrolls mention Lilith in the Songs of the Sage (4Q510-511) fragment 1:
And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers…] those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of lig[ht], by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, [bu]t for an era of humiliation for transgression.
In the early Middle Ages Lilith became identified as the queen of Asmodeus (Ashmedai), the King of Demons. According to the Kabbalah, Asmodeus is a cambion, born as the result of a union between King David, and the Queen of Demons named Agrat Bat Mahlat who was a succubus.
Asmodeus and Lilith were believed to procreate demonic offspring endlessly and spread chaos at every turn.
The mother of demons is said to look like a human owl, but as a woman with out stretched wings and her feet were claws. In my article the Symbol of the Owl, I show the progression of the ancient owl symbolism through various cultures such as the Sumerians, Hittites, Egyptians, Phoenician Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans to name a few. The symbology of the owl has almost always represented evil omens, demons, illness, disease and death to many ancient cultures just like the demon Lilith.
Lilith would be the Jewish version of the Hittite demon Athi or Asertu who becomes an owl in the hand of Elkunirsha (El-creator-of-the-earth).
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