© 2000 Patricia Jane St. John Danko

     "Lilith" is a work in dialogue and poetic form that seeks to explore meaningful issues in contemporary Western society, utilizing the ancient myth of Lilith, Adam's first wife. Through Lilith's relationship with the serpent, it explores the nature of platonic love and friendship; through the relationships between Lilith and Adam, and then Adam and Eve, it explores the nature of sensual love. In Lilith's unconditional dedication to the amendment of harm she may have caused, it seeks to explore the nature of forgiveness. "Lilith" also questions contemporary cultural colorations of ancient symbols, through the character of the serpent, arguing that much is lost from our quest for understanding when we disregard our heritage in favor of cultural perceptions of beauty and power.

"Paradise Hell". Bosco. 1510. Museo del Prado. Madrid. Spain.     The relationship between Adam and Lilith fails because Lilith wishes to preface physical intimacy with emotional intimacy, while Adam perceives that physical intimacy is prerequisite for emotional intimacy. The pondering of emotional vs. physical intimacy is the subject of many books and essays in our society, in which noted psychologists and sociologists regard the breakdown of emotional intimacy as the underlying cause of the breakdown of the family. Lilith's relationship with the serpent fails because adversity can indeed produce effects in our most purely intentioned actions. Nonetheless, the stature of the serpent is restored and continues to exist today, in our use of the serpent as the symbol for healing in the caduceus, the international symbol of the medical profession, and in Europe as the symbol denoting the location of a pharmacy.

      These themes are highly relevant in contemporary Western society. In "Lilith," they are presented in an allegorical setting that contains both familiar and unfamiliar elements. It is my hope that this combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar will let the reader see and ponder anew what he or she once dismissed as known and understood, and thus to embark on a private journey of introspection and new understandings of familiar issues.

Workshop Proposal

Propuesta de Trabajo

Proposta de Traballo

Aesthetic Intent

Proyecto Estético

Proxecto Estético

Lilith's Song To Adam

Canción de Lilith a Adán

Cantiga de Lilith a Adán


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