Lilith (2006)

Lilith…the name calls to mind several images. Adam’s reputed first wife, screech owls, a long-haired Judaic demonness, a significant character in the feminist movement, a nocturnal devourer of babies. Most research agrees that she is a female night demon found in Mesopotamian, Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian mythology. Persian incantation bowls have been found with exorcisms against Lilith scribed into them. There is a Jewish tradition of hanging four amulets, one on each wall, in the room of a newborn babe, with the inscription “Lilith – abi!” (“Lilith – begone!”) on each amulet. There is a reference to her in the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q184, fragment 1), and she is known as a lamia or “witch” in ancient Greek literature.

But even a demonness could have another, softer, side to her story. This piece focuses only on the King James version Bible association between Lilith and screech owls, shapeshifting from owl to woman, and we witness her private revels in her newfound womanly form.