Supernatural Sunday – Lilith
The legend surrounding Lilith has always fascinated me. She is the most well known demon in ‘demonology.’ Her biblical appearance is brief – a wilderness demon shunned by the prophet Isaiah. She makes a comeback in Jewish sources later as the first wife of Adam.
The story goes something like this: she refused to be subservient to Adam and thus was cast out of Eden. I believe the wording included something about her not being willing to ‘lie beneath him.’ Well. So… she didn’t like the missionary position. Maybe she was bored. Maybe she just needed a little 50 Shades in her life. In any event, she was traded in for the younger, more subservient model, Eve.
Because Genesis 1:27 first states that God created man and woman, (meaning simultaneously) then later in Genesis 2:21-22 it states that God made Eve from Adam’s rib, (after the fact) that leaves room for the argument that the woman who was made simultaneously was, in fact, a ‘first wife’ of Adam, who popular myth names as Lilith.
In Supernatural they have taken Lilith to a whole other level, combining some of the pagan myths with some biblical bad-assery and they come up with a monster who makes demonic deals and seals them with a roll in the hay, who has white eyes rather than the usual black (or the yellow of the arch nemesis of the first few seasons). She has power to kill people with the flick of her wrist, controls Hell-hounds, dines on virgins, and has an affinity for young girls. Oh yes, and coincidentally she is the last seal on Lucifer’s cage in Hell.
And this is the thing that sets Supernatural apart. They take a mythical/biblical creature and they make it their own. The writers have perfected the art of taking a pinch of Bible, a dash of Hebrew, a smidgen of Pagan, and tossing it all together to make a show that I (and millions of other viewers) just can’t get enough of.