Dance of Lilith

While this isn’t exactly Succubus-like, it is, I think, an amazing piece of dance…


This was posted on YouTube in June of 2008 by a user named malicedreaming. He noted on his post that:

Lilith…the name calls to mind several images…Adam’s reputed first wife, screech owls, 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. There is a Jewish tradition of hanging 4 amulets, one on each wall, in the room of a newborn babe, with the inscription “lilth – 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, perhaps softer, side to her story. In this piece I focused on the King James Version Bible association between Lilith and screech owls. The audience gets to witness her private revels in her shapeshifting from owl into her newfound womanly form.

The vocals laid into the song are an actual exorcism chant against Lilith that I came across in my research. It was scribed into a Persian incantation bowl.

The video is a little dark at the beginning, but that is part of the transformation sequence really, and the dancer is lovely and so very talented!

Hope you enjoy!


1 comment

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    • James on August 30, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    It was very enjoyable, Majesty. And very evocative.

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