Lilith: Lady of the Night.
One of the joys of xhamster, to my view, is not so much the abundance of erotic material contained within the site (although I’m not complaining about it!) but the opportunity to meet extraordinary people online at the very confluence of their sexuality and imagination. True there are many users on the site whose sole purpose is to stimulate themselves by watching pornography and there’s nothing wrong with that. Then again there are many users whose persistent efforts to persuade you to “cam” with them or to show you deeply uninteresting photographs of their penis can become downright tedious. These however are more than counterbalanced by the remarkable number of truly fascinating people who populate the site with their wonderful minds and enrich these pages with the glory of their personalities and dreams.
Of all the people that have come to be my friends or those that have moved me in some way I can think of many who have become important to me. Space here precludes my mentioning more than a handful of them but all are in my thoughts. There is my beloved wolf lady of Carolina, my often troubled but always engaging miller man, my gentle and considerate Master, my treasured Japanese princess, the forbidden one who early extended his umbrella of protection over me, my often absent but never forgotten blushing nipple, my dear French corvid, my gentleman and confidante of New Jersey, the man of York who torments himself with his failings yet endears me to him with the qualities he gives himself no credit for, my old soldier who delights in the written language, the lady of Hertfordshire who thrills me with her mind and dark passions and.... oh well the list just goes on and on and if you do not recognise yourself here then be assured it is not because you are forgotten or any the less appreciated.
Yet new people turn up out of the blue all the time; new people that instantly touch some inner core, stir me with inspiration and propel me into new unexplored territories. I was fortunate enough to meet one such person this very week and, although my acquaintance with them has been very brief thus far, they have inspired me to write this blog and to post the picture gallery of the same name which accompanies it. The inspiration arose from the name they had adopted for their alter ego and it is a name of dark magic to me; Lilith.
Lilith has always been one of my favourite mythological characters. At a very young age I read and was completely entranced by the fantasy novel “Lilith” written by the Scottish author George MacDonald in 1895 and ever since I have retained my fascination for this powerful female deity and her representation of unfettered female sexuality. She was the dark woman, the Lady of the Night who populated my dreams and fired my imagination. I even partly based a powerful female character in my novels on her and rewrote her story into my own fantasies. She has appeared in several guises throughout my posts here on this site but I have not, until now, given her a space of her own. Therefore I decided to write this blog and accompany it with images of Lilith in a picture gallery. This effort is of course dedicated to the Californian lady who so identifies with this dark goddess.
Lilith is one of those mythological characters that have been with us for at least three millennia but she is curiously unrecognised by most people. Nearly everybody has heard the name; most people will have come across images of her and yet few people know of her deep seat within the roots of our culture. Once you start to look for Lilith she turns up everywhere and, in fact, in common with many a mythological character, she is instantly recognisable as a cultural symbol and personification of an aspect of humanity. Regular visitors to my page will know of my love and fascination for the bad girls of history and legend. Lilith is the ultimate “Bad Girl”!
Unsurprisingly she was also the first girl! Lilith’s origins are obscure for she comes to us out of a hazy background of oral folklore and myth possibly first recorded in Mesopotamian texts in antiquity. She appears very early it seems in assorted texts and tablets dating back to the seventh century BC and one tablet, the Burney Relief of Babylon, possibly showing Lilith, is dated at between 1800 and 1750 BC. This girl’s been around with us a while. In fact if you are to take the authority of Hebrew folklore as recorded in the Alphabet of Ben Sira from around the 8th to 10th centuries she’s been with us from year dot. Forget Eve. Lilith was the first woman.
According to this body of folklore and this version of the creation myth Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Unlike Eve she was created in exactly the same fashion as Adam himself and this led to all the trouble. You see if Lilith is created in exactly the same way as Adam it makes her his equal; a notion unlikely to sit well with a male dominated, patriarchal church eager to foster its own interpretation of Genesis. In this version Adam and Lilith have a dispute. The gist of this dispute was simply who was to go on top when they were having sex! Now this might seem a pretty trivial thing to have an argument over and you’d think that Adam would welcome the chance to lie back and let the missus do all the work for a change but in fact it was fundamental. At its heart, the matter was about who is the dominant partner in the relationship between man and woman. Adam’s insistence on being on top is, in essence, his assertion of his right to dominate and a demand that Lilith be subservient to him. Lilith’s great crime therefore was simply a demand for equality. Naturally this was unacceptable. Lilith gets chucked out of the Garden of Eden in disgrace and Adam, now a swinging bachelor once more(not that there was anybody to swing with!) is provided with a replacement, by way of his rib cage, called Eve who is presumed to be more cognisant of her place as his inferior and the rest is if not history at least the story most people know.
Lilith, as a result of her wilfulness, becomes identified as a demoness and seems to morph into the personification of all female demons dating back into antiquity possibly as far back as 3500 BC. She is said to become Satan’s lover, give birth to a hundred demons a day, associate with goats (always a satanic symbol,) kites, bats. owls and serpents, bring storms and disease, ruthlessly seduce men, tempt women with her wickedness, cause barrenness, drink bl**d and strangle newborn babies in their cribs. In short she’s had some pretty bad press! She’s blamed for everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to (you’re gonna love this) wet dreams! She was the dark woman of the night (her name sometimes is translated as night spirit): your original scarlet woman of the night hours with her evil passions; a dark seductress and temptress. Medieval monks were known to sl**p with crucifixes over their private parts to ward off the temptations and ravages of Lilith during the night. Among other things she is held to be a very bad influence on suitably chaste and properly submissive women so it is no accident that she is also frequently associated with the serpent that tempts Eve with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden and many depictions of Lilith show her in this guise; often as half woman, half serpent.
Now you might think she sounds like a hell of a girl and just the sort you want to invite to your next party. If so then you’re very wicked and I hope you go straight to church and get down on your knees for your unclean thoughts! Of course, to the patriarchal monotheistic religions that emerged from the body of myths in the Middle East, Lilith is their worst nightmare. To an emasculated priesthood determined to suppress the very notions of female sexuality and equality then a strong minded, sexually precocious female deity is the very devil incarnate in female form. She is frequently depicted as a demon, complete with bat wings, horns, tail etc. She has been virtually expunged from Christian teachings. The heavily edited and revised body of stories accepted as Holy Scripture by Christianity mentions her only once. She even metamorphosises into a vampire which, given her association with seduction and the night, is no surprise. Above all she is sex, pure and powerful female sex, and nothing could be more threatening than that. There is a bit of Lilith in the soul of every woman and that scares the priests, mullahs and rabbis to death!
This then is my gallery depicting this embodiment of female sexuality complete with all the demonic associations attributed to her. It is a celebration of our darker female side, seductive and powerful at the heart of every woman. Lilith is everywhere once you start to look for her.