In Jewish folklore Lilith is considered a dangerous demon. The first wife of Adam made from the same soil. Her name is sometimes translated into ‘night hag’ or ‘screech owl’. She comes out at night to seduce young men in their sleep, spawning demon children and stealing babies. Throughout the centuries people have been fascinated by her and she is still an inspiration for modern occultism and horror. In pre-Raphaelite England, she was seen as a femme fatale. Here we see her in a painting by English artist John Collier. I can only imagine what Victorian audiences thought of this seductive woman in 1897 with her alabaster skin and pet snake.
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