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The photo directly above is an enlarged image of the Babylonian demi-Goddess Lamastu.
She is kneeling on the back of a donkey in a boat on the river of the Underworld. She is lion-headed and holds a snake in each hand. A piglet sucks upon her left breast while a whelp or puppy sucks on the right breast.
In the space between her
legs and the neck of the donkey is a scorpion. The bow of the boat
ends in a snake’s head. This enlarged image is a detail from the
bronze plaque shown below.
The figure at the lower left corner of the plaque, to the left of Lamstu, is that of Pazuzu. The head at the very top of the plaque is also that of Pazuzu. In the tier directly above Lamastu, priests are treating a sick person lying on bier.
On the tier directly above that are more standing
images of Pazuzu.
The ardat-lili is a demonic female who causes men to be impotent and women to be sterile.
quietly like as snake into a home, she could snatch a baby out of
the womb or out of its cradle. She also could also inflict disease
upon both men and women. Her father is the primordial sky-God Anu,
the prime-mover at the beginning of creation, who took over Heaven
and separated it from Earth.
But here she is standing on the donkey, and her feet, resembling the talons of a bird of prey, can be seen.
Directly above is the reduced image of an amulet from a copy of the rare Hebrew Book of Raziel at the British Museum in London.
Amulets made in this pattern were worn by pregnant women and the newborn as protection against Lilith. The three images on the right side are the seals of, left to right, the angels Senoi, Sansenoi, and Samangeloph who protect such women and their newborn against Lilith if they wear such an amulet.
The three figures on the right symbolize, left to right, Adam, Eve, and Lilith.
A fuller sized
reproduction can be found in Amulets and Superstitions by E. A.
Wallis Budge, originally published in 1930 by Oxford University and
currently re-printed by Dover.
offspring are called Lilim.
(I base this on excerpts from Hebrew-English edition of the
The Babylonian Talmud edited by Rabbi I. Epstein - Socino Press,
1978 - that are quoted on page ix of The Book of Lilith by Barbara Koltov
- Nicholas-Hays, 1986)
When she demanded equality with Adam and he refused, she retired to a cave where she consorted with demons and gave birth to demonic children. Adam complained to God about Lilith’s departure. God then sent three angels named Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangolef. to bring her back to Adam.
These angels found her in her cave and threatened that, unless she went back to Adam, she would lose a hundred of her demonic children daily by death. But Lilith preferred this punishment to living with Adam. She takes her revenge by injuring or killing human infants and young children.
The three angels only stopped harassing her when she swore that, whenever she saw the names and images of these angels in an amulet worn by or near to a child, she would not harm the child.