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Friday, October 19, 2007

The First Vampire

So who was the first vampire, the creature that started the legend? It wasn't Vlad the Impaler. No this creature's story goes back much further and is rooted in Jewish history and the garden of Eden.
I'm talking about Lilith, of course.
If you have heard of lullaby, you've heard of Lilith. She is where the origin, of the songs that are sang by mothers to infants, originate. More on that in a moment.
According to the Talmud, a Hebrew sacred writing on holy matters, Lilith was created to be Adam's first wife. But Lilith had other ideas on the matter. She left Adam and went to dwell with the demons by the Red Sea, the fallen angels. It was said she wanted equality and when she couldn't have it, she became angry and left. This resulted in the first divorce. Lilith became the lover of demons and produced children at the rate of 100 per day.
Legend says that Adam appealed to God, who sent three angels to bring Lilith back to Adam. Lilith cursed the angels, (Talk about a woman scorned) and refused to go. The angels warned Lilith that if she didn't go back and submit to Adam's will, they would take her demon children. She didn't and they took her children, scattering them across the planet and tossing them down into different dimensions.
As the story goes, Lilith was more Succubi than vampire, but she did favor the blood of children. Apparently, by feasting on children, she felt she was getting even for the loss of her own demon babies. Crib death in ancient times was associated with Lilith sucking the souls of newborns. The Lullaby came about as a means to ward off Lilith and her evil appetite.
An interesting fact, Lilith translates into Lilitu, which in ancient Sumer or Babylon, is one and the same.

1 comment:

Flick said...

That was interesting. I'd never heard that before. I've had to make up a new origin of vampires in one of my children's stories. More food for thought here.