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Lilith and Eve by SankofaRida Lilith and Eve by SankofaRida
Evil or Good.

Harlot or Maiden.

Dark or Light.

These women were parts of one another. One can’t exist without the other because all women posses these traits, from modesty to sexuality and humbleness to pride. Lilith and Eve represents the two halves of a woman's psyche, Her need for freedom makes her a child of Lilith while her desire for acceptance makes her a daughter of Eve.

Words from Kitamu Latham-Sampier

Legend has it that Lilith was Adam's first wife, created together with him on the Sixth Day and from the same materials. Some say Lilith was created a little later, after Adam complained to God that he alone of the creatures of the earth had no partner. Either way, Lilith was created independently from and equal to Adam, and this led to problems.

Not least of them arose because Adam always liked to be on top when making love. No doubt this was merely a symptom of deeper differences, but it was the issue that caused the rift in the end. After a particularly fierce argument which Adam attempted to win by force, Lilith in fury uttered the mystical, ineffable Name of the Almighty, clapped her hands and flew away.

Adam complained to Jehovah that he had been abandoned, so God sent three angels to persuade Lilith to return home. They found her on the shores of the Red sea in a place populated by a particularly lascivious breed of demon, from whose attentions she had been giving birth to a hundred more little demons every day. At least, that is how the angels reported it in Adam's version of events.

The three angels tried to coax Lilith to return to Adam but she only laughed: 'How could I go back to Adam after the entertainment I have enjoyed here?' The angels threatened to kill her but she only dared them to try. Which they did, and failed because she had learned some magical tricks in her exile. But after a great battle they managed to bundle her into the Outer Darkness and slaughter her offspring.

Adam meanwhile had been provided with a new mate in the form of Eve, who was fashioned from his rib in the hope that this would bind her more dutifully to him. And the rest of their tale is famous enough not to need repeating here.

In the Outer Darkness Lilith, whose most common form was of a woman from the waist up and a serpent below, became the consort of Samael and other fallen angels. Fury with Adam and grief for her slaughtered children led Lilith to plot revenge. By mating with the rebel angels she gave birth to many of the greatest demons to plague the world. Chief among them were the lilin or lamiae of the ancient world, vampires also known as succubi, who were fatal ravishers of men and devourers of newborn babes.

Lilith was banished from the world of Adam and Eve but she occasionally managed to sneak back. It's often said that the serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden was none other than Lilith and many Medieval scenes of the Temptation show the serpent as a woman from the waist up, handing over the fatal fruit to bring about the Fall.

Lilith's offspring also continued to plague Adam's descendants whenever possible as succubi or vampires. The screech owl is Lilith's totem bird and the form in which she often prowls the night. Some ancient statues show her as a voluptuous young woman with owl's wings and feet, but she can adopt any guise to human eyes.

The legend of Lilith is a dark and grim one, but it gives a glimpse into a long buried strata of the feminine in Jewish legend.

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LittleBoazFly Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful :floating:
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MissDigimonNinja Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The snake as it's crawling around the tree seems alittle flat. If you made the snakes body abit rounder so it doesn't look like Lilith's hair is covering it's body and more froward than you should be good. Other than that it's good
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lycanthusincarnum Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have to side with Lilith here ;)
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Throneofsouls Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   General Artist
Amazing.

Say,If you don't mind my asking what would be your personal take on this old story?

Such as your view of Lilith,Eve,Adam & God respectively. when ever I heard this (and many other bible stories ) many thoughts came into my mind.

Like if God is all knowing and he know that a serpent would trick Eve into eating from the fruit of knowledge,knew in advance what was going to happen why did he banish them forever from Eden? Why would he even lie about the fruit,telling the two humans that if they eat it they'd die? Why was Adam so insistent about being on top of his mate while having sex and when Eve was created,did he even think to mention that he had a first wife,one that was legitimate pissed at him for his behavior?

What did Lilith think of Eve and vice versa and did you think that they ever crossed paths?

Pardon all the questions,it's just that a lot of what the biblical stories say are often contradictory in narrative,have many omissions in the pages as well as character development, and yet very,very few people stop to think about the inconsistencies,omissions, and just how much of what's written in that book (if you read it from cover to cover,not just a few passages or verses) is rather...twisted and down right horrifying.

Anyway,back to your drawing, it's a real lovely picture,the soft colors are quite nice and the swirls for background designs are always a good touch.

PS: If you what to feel free to take a look at my art gallery or check out my list of favorite artists and see some of their art if you like.
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SankofaRida Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'll try to answer some of them:

The god knowing all, even what happen in eden and adam and eve's exile...

I think that he knew these things would happen, but everyone know fate can change. God still gave them the oppurtunity to avoid the fate of leaving eden, by trying to scare the temptation from them. but that didn't happened. And even thou God knows all, he knew humans would be unpredictable since he gave them free will.

The Adam on top is more of a metaphor for Adam wanting the woman to be submissive, not just for sex, but in life period. Lillith was in a way as bad as adam in that way since she wanted the same for men.

What did Lilith think of Eve and vice versa and did you think that they ever crossed paths? Well some version of the legend I seen says that it was lillith, not lucifer who tempted eve with the apple. she may, in her mind, wanted to free eve from the submissive fate adam wanted for her. weither if the fruit did kill or free her mind, either way lillith wanted to change eve's fate, which the act did is someway.

Now these are really my personal views, I don't agree with the view of women in the bible myself, i just listen to what i believe god wants to communicate, not what the writer did. I'm christian but i'm not stupid!

I hope that help and by the way, you have some very cool art in you gallery!Keep it up!
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steampunkgoth13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
very intriguing story and beautiful art!
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SankofaRida Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank u !
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Twinkie101 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student
Interesting work, and fascinating story. I'm not religious, but If find the myths and stories intriguing.
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Twinkie101 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student
*I, not if, sorry.
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I've been fascinated by this Legend from the first Day I heard it.
Not because of the feminist aspects, but because I'm a fan of free will.
I also like the irony of the Devil, whatever you call him, having a basically human consort, mirroring the whole virgin Mary thing.
I've long since abandoned Christianity, but I still think that it has some wonderfully intresting myths.
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