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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 40, Lilith Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 40, Lilith Summary and Analysis

Lilith appears in many Sumerian tablets. As are many Goddesses of the Near East, she is known by other names. Lilith is depicted as the hand of the Goddess Inanna, bringing the men of the field into the temple at Erech. One version of Lilith shows her living in a huluppu tree that is cut down by Gilgamish. It is thought that Lilith may be derived from the ancient Ninlil, a harvest Goddess. Ninlil is credited with giving birth to the moon. Still other accounts identify Lilith as the first wife of Adam, made from the earth's dust. She refuses to be considered inferior, and when Adam insists that she lay beneath him, she leaves to create a life of her own. It is then that Lilith is degraded and depicted as a night demon encouraging the libidos of...

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