Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

In Possession Of The Night: Lilith As Goddess, Demon, Vampire

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

In the struggle for sacred power and authority, a figure like Lilith as representative of feminine divinity was transformed from the more positive numinous object as goddess into the more negatively numinous realm of demon and vampire in order for her divine power to be compromised or negated completely. Her name is linked to the Terra Mater, or Great Mother, figures of several cultures, including the Canaanite Balaat, the Sumero-Babylonian Belit-ili, the Assyrian/Babylonian Lilitu, Al Lat and Al Uzza, and the Babylonian Ishtar or Inanna. As a negatively numinous figure Lilith is identified in Hebrew, Christian, and Islamic literatures with demons, vampires, and djinns. The political aspect of the conquest of Goddess/Woman by God/Man involves a transfer and transformation of the power structure. When Lilith was figured as a demon or vampire, her divinity was overshadowed by a sense of horror, by sexual fascination and frenzied loss of control.

Keywords: feminine divinity; Hebrew tradition; Lilith; male superiority; negative numinous figure; Sumero-Babylonian goddess; Terra Mater



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation