Images of biblical women have been used for centuries but some are much more controversial than others. One of the most infamous women associated with the bible is only directly mentioned in the bible once. Lilith is a woman whose story stems from Babylonian myths, demonology, and was the answer to a conflict in the Jewish creation story. She first appears in the folklore and more importantly the story of Gilgamesh, her story has grown into a femme fatale. The effect of social constructs on the interpretation of femme fatale archetypes such as Lilith are evident in the comparison of Lilith’s mythological beginnings to sexualized representation in Gabriel Rossetti’s painting Lady Lilith 1886. This transformation can be understood through analyzing the mythology surrounding Lilith, application of Jungian female archetypes, and the examination of art associated with Lilith.
Lilith is a character whose origin is rooted in Babylonian demonology. She has been used to represent multiple different themes ranging from a seductress, Heroine, and even a murderer. These entire stories stem from the epic poem Gilgamesh and the Huluppu-Tree, found on a Sumerian tablet that is dated around 2000 B.C.E. Gilgamesh is a vain hero who seeks eternal life. In one of his adventures he rushes to assist Inanna the goddess of erotic love, and war. Inanna’s precious willow (Huluppu) tree had been possessed with spirits, one a dragon who lay at the base, a Zu-bird who had placed her young in the branches of the tree, and near by the demon Lilith had built her house. Gilgamesh, adorned in heavy armor, slays the dragon which scares the Zu-bird into flying to the mountains, and terrifies Lilith the flee into the desert.
Lilith is briefly...
... middle of paper ...
Cotterell, Arthur. The Encyclopedia of Mythology. London: Lorenz, 1996. Print.
"Epic of Gilgamesh." Epic of Gilgamesh. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Body’s Beauty” in The House of Life: A Sonnet-Sequence (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1928), p. 183
"Judaism 101." Judaism 101. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013.
"King James Bible Online." KING JAMES BIBLE ONLINE. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013
Samuel N. Kramer, Gilgamesh and the Huluppu-Tree: A Reconstructed Sumerian Text, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago Assyriological Studies 10 (Chicago Unic, of Chicago, 1938)
Tzvi Abusch, “Gilgamesh: Hero, King, God and Striving Man,” AO 03:04.
Wehr, Demaris S. Jung & Feminism: Liberating Archetypes. Boston: Beacon, 1987. Print.
Zohar, Sperling, Harry, 2nd ed. (London: Sconcino 1984)
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Evolution of Lilith The first appearance of Lilith came in the form of a cameo in a story called the "Prologue of Gilgamesh". In it, a great tree is described, obviously the tree of life. On the top of a tree rests a bird, possibly an eagle, and in the center lives a "dragon[who] had build it's nest there...the demon Lilith..." This can be equated with the Midguard Serpent of Norse mythology and various other chaos creatures who lived and gnawed on the Tree of Life. The purpose these entities served was one of balancing the Yang with the Yin, tempering the force of Creation with the force of Destruction, order with chaos, as one cannot exist without the other.... [tags: Lilith Essays]
852 words (2.4 pages)
- An Analysis of Lilith (Body's Beauty) First published in 1868 in Swinburne's pamphlet-review, "Notes on the Royal Academy Exhibition," the sonnet entitled "Lilith" was written to accompany the painting "Lady Lilith." The poem and picture appeared alongside Rossetti's painting "Sibylla Palmifera" and the sonnet "Soul's Beauty," which was written for it. In 1870, both of these poems were published among the "Sonnets for Pictures" section of Rossetti's Poems. In 1881, however, "it occurred to Rossetti to contrast the two as representatives of fleshly and spiritual beauty," and thus he transferred them to "The House of Life" (Baum 181).... [tags: Lilith Essays]
1150 words (3.3 pages)
- The ‘Perfect’ Image In 2006, Dove created a 75-second video called ‘Evolution’. (Piper, “Dove Evolution”) It earned immeasurable success and laurels. Today, it has over 17 million views on You Tube. It won two Grand Prix at Cannes; both in Cyber and Film. (Wentz, 'Evolution' Win Marks Dawn of New Cannes Era.") It has raised much needed awareness about how Photoshop and makeup distort images we see in magazines, billboards and any media for that matter. The famed advertisement begins with the caption – ‘A dove film’.... [tags: Dove, Women, Body Image, Evolution]
1883 words (5.4 pages)
- The Loss of Paradise in Enid Dame's Lilith The poem Lilith, written by Enid Dame. It is a poem that gives the story of a woman's life. It discusses her life with a man and the reason that she left him. Although one has been informed that she had left him for legitimate reasons one does not really get insight into who this god is until someone does research as to who Lilith was. Lilith was a demoness/goddess that was created before Eve not from Adam's rib. It was believed that Eve was only created for the fact that Lilith was so rebellious and left Eden.... [tags: Enid Dame Lilith Essays]
999 words (2.9 pages)
- Man could not evolve to any other state, because he was made in the ultimate state. He was made in the image and likeness of the Father so there was no need for evolution; hence, there was no sign of evolution from the beginning. Since sin came into the world, man has been deceived into thinking there is evolution. We are not talking about the theory of evolution that says man started from an amoeba or as an ape and eventually began to walk upright; not that evolution, but evolution in the sense of development.... [tags: Evolution]
1355 words (3.9 pages)
- Obesity has a major effect on children across the world. The highest rates of obesity in the US is experienced amongst African American girls. Being overweight is related to many psychological risk factors. Body dissatisfaction is being okay with one's overall weight/size. Although being okay with one's overall appearance is a characterized aspect of body esteem. African American girls have not usually displayed emotion distress concerning weight evaluation. Although African Americans girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, it does note conducts them to assess their overall appearance.... [tags: obesity, self-image, advertising]
984 words (2.8 pages)
- The Evolution of the Image of Women in Sports 1. Through the readings, films, and discussions, we have looked at the image of women in sport. Discuss the images of women in sport and how they are affected by today's cultural ideal of women. All of the films that we watched provided different perspectives on how the image of women is situated in our culture. From the first movie, Dare to Compete, which highlighted the development of women's participation in sports, to Love and Basketball, which fully accepts women's participation in sports, we examined a range of views and opinions on the proper role of women in sports.... [tags: Films Movies Female Sports Essays]
1082 words (3.1 pages)
- What makes a primate a primate. A primate is defined by its many incredible features. A primate is a mammal that has certain characteristics such as: flexible fingers and toes, opposable thumbs, flatter face than other mammals, eyes that face forward and spaced close together, large and complex cerebrum, and social animals. What makes a primate a primate is its characteristics. Some of the physical features primates are identified by is their teeth, snouts, eyes, ears, arms, legs, fingers, and toes.... [tags: Evolution]
687 words (2 pages)
- The Archetype of Lilith The question “Who is Lilith?” has no one answer. Lilith is a demon temptress of the night . Lilith is the first wife of Adam, the first man according to Abrahamic tradition. Lilith is an archetype for independent, obstinate women . She is present in the mythological folklore of almost every Middle-Eastern and European culture to have developed since she first appeared in Sumerian mythology. Some scholars have placed her origin within a set of Sumerian wind and storm demons called Lilitu around 3000 B.C.... [tags: Early Religion Eve Bible Islam]
1891 words (5.4 pages)
- Nietsche and Evolution "It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all." -Melville In 1859 Charles Darwin offered a theory that seemed to disprove the longstanding explanation of the Origin of existence. Darwin's theory of evolution proposes a convincing argument that the universe was not created for a purpose, with intention, by a conscious God, but rather, was a phenomenon of random change. Fredrick Nietzsche articulated the gravity of the effect of Darwin's theory on society.... [tags: Religion Creationism Evolution Essays]
1173 words (3.4 pages)