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A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PAST RESEARCH ON LILITH

I have kept a diary since I was 9 or 10. When I was in my late twenties I realised that  a caricature of a woman and a tree kept coming as a spontaneous drawing I would do.
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I cannot recall who it was that first mentioned Lilith to me,  what I do remember is that it was to point out that this was also my name, so it must have been then that I began an informal research into the subject . Lilith comes from a Jewish-christian myth that appears in THE ALPHABET by Ben Sira (8th Century) in which Lilith is supposed to be the woman before eve, the first biblical woman refered in the bible, who is expelled from paradise because she does not accept submissiveness to Adam and his patriarchal God. Thus Lilith is condemned to live among demons and to dwell in eternal darkness.

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When I found out about this myth I was shocked by how unfairly she was treated.  I did not understand the status of her crime, for her quest was only to gain the right to be equal (dignity). The myth lingered in my mind for years  and while living in Mexico in 2004  I started to give shape to this character and decided that the caricature I had been drawing since long, ought to be Lilith making her way through the unconscious. The legend made me think about how discrimination upon women is so in bedded in all religions and continued with a more systematic research on her history and mythology:

Bibliography

•    THE ALPHABET, (written in between AD 700 AND 1000) an anonymous medieval text attributed to Ben Sira(Sirach.

•    THE HEBREW GODESS by  Raphael Patai, 3erd Edition 1990, by KTAV Publishing House, Inc.  Dedictes a whole chapter to Lilith.

•    THE BOOK OF GENESIS by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai (New York: Doubleday, 1964)…. shows different faces of Lilith and her relation to other Goddesses and  helped me have a better idea of the interpretation I wanted to give her.

•    THE SONG OF LILTH by Joy Kogawa, Polestar, 2000, Toronto…  is the poetical text that highly  inspired my version of Lilith.

•    The Lilith Question by Aviva Canter Zuckoff… is a critical essay on Judaism concerning Lilith and women in Jewish religion which, in part, supports some of the content of the play.

•    LILITH MAGAZINE is a publication that gives a notion of the actual issues that the figure of Lilith still brings up.

•    Images from Sumerian, Assyrian and  Babylon culture (ancient altar and amulets) as well as fantastic contemporary paintings and videos on Lilith (mainly conceived as a Vampire and a lustful creature) some of them I will incorporate in the first act of my play and the amulet ‘s adaptation is used on  the following 2 acts.

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