Lilith of Mesopotamian Mythology (part 1)

This video is an introduction to LGBT historical and mythic characters, Lilith being one of them.

Lilith, a Mesopotamian goddess, was around at about the time of 2000-1600 B.C.; she was present in the Old Testament and preceded Eve. Her relevance for the LGBT culture arises from the fact that she was around when the patriarchal culture of Indo-Europe was penetrating the goddess cultures. In this infiltration, the patriarchal culture of the time wanted to replace the belief system of a matriarchal goddess with that of the ideologically new male god.

What happened was this: God told Lilith she would marry Adam, but she refused, flew off, and did not marry him. One such interpretation of this is that Lilith is representative of a culture wherein women were independent. In this culture, women could make their own personal decision and didn’t face oppression by a hetero-normative society. This scenario with God and Lilith also symbolizes what the patriarchy did – it subjugated women.

Thus, Lilith represents the cultural fight of her time as the patriarchal society was beginning to infiltrate the goddess mentality. The story of Lilith tells us that we can look at history through a different lens rather than adopting a heterosexual interpretation.