Lilith, Mesopotamian Bird Goddess of Fertility

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The Goddess Lilith

Lilith is known to be the Sumerian/Babylonian Dark Goddess, and Demon Goddess.

It seems as though she might have originally been seen as a Bird Goddess from ancient cultures. She also has strong associations with serpents, and in some of her depictions in earlier myths, she is portrayed as having half of her body in the form of a serpent, and the other half with breasts and that of a woman. Some dispute her origins saying that she was much older than the Sumerian/Babylonian culture. Her most famous depiction and myths comes to us from Hebrew texts in the Story of Adam.

Her original myth from Sumerian culture speaks of her being the “Hand of Inanna”.

She was said to find men in the streets and lead them to the temples of the sacred prostitutes. She was also known to assist in childbirth and infant care. Lilith lived inside the huluppu tree which grew in Inanna’s garden. After a few years, Inanna came out to harvest the tree for a throne she wanted to build, only to find a serpent living at it’s base, a Zu bird with a nest in the branches and the Goddess Lilith living in it’s trunk. Gilgamesh, who was known to be a demigod and a king in Sumerian mythology, helped Inanna remove the snake, and the bird, then he forces out the Goddess Lilith who fly’s away into the dark sky.

In this painting of Lilith I wanted to portray her as a beautiful woman confident in her sexuality.

She has a serpent draped around her shoulders and she stands in a grove of apple trees. This is a representation of her association with the story of Adam & Eve. The original painting of Lilith has already sold but there are limited edition prints available in my shop along with prayer cards. These prints come in sizes of 5×7 or 8×10. You can find the prints and prayer cards by clicking this link >> Lilith prints

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