I’d like to add two points regarding Lilith:

  • Much has been said here about Lilith’s character and origin, but little of her name. If I understand correctly it stems from the same Semitic root as “night”. In some languages Lilith is, more-or-less, “of the night” (relating to a female).
  • Some legends have it that Succubi are the daughters of Lilith, or in other variations her manifestations. They certainly share many characteristics, such as being related to the night and expressing a strong, independent female sexuality. Amusingly, some legends about Lilith are explicit enough to state that she had a fight with Adam because she would not lie under him during sex, while the name Succubus comes from the Latin succubare – to lie under.