The picture to the left is from a terracotta relief, Sumeria, c2,000 to c1950 BCE. It shows a winged Woman with owl feet, holding noone knows what in both hands (a ring and a staff is one unlikely suggestion; trumpets is another). Around Her are owls. She is trodding on two lions, each facing opposite directions. Lilith is the "She Demon" of ancient Babylonian, Sumerian, Hebrew, and early Christian myth. She is written of in Isaiah 34:14 as a "screech owl," and is a form of apocalyptic harbinger. Her name means "Night," "Lamb Strangler," "Bone Crusher," and other less than pleasant names. She was Adam's first wife, before Eve came along, but She left him because he was arrogant and domineering (or he left Her because She is "shrewish"--- I wasn't there, so I cannot choose sides in the dispute).
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