Gustav Davidson on "Lilith" Cris-- I don't know why it took a couple days to click.... Lilith! Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels. New York: Free Press, 1967. Don't ask me why I gave you the whole entry. It's just that funny, I guess. And, just to keep up the comedy bit, I'll even give the Appendix entry. But there you go. Inasmuch as one engages the subjectivity of religion at all, I figure this is as legitimate as the next. And since I've dragged out the idea that a demon bore Adam's children this far, I might note that I really do need to find out where M. Gaster got his data, because I'm officially interested in the names. Abeko, Ita, Kali, Kea, Odam, Satrina, and Talto all ring bells with me in ways that, if I give some time to Karen Armstrong this weekend, I might be able to get a foothold on and start searching for documents. If it's late enough, you just have bastardizations of prior mythologies, including the taltos of Romany, which incidentally plays a strong role in the work of Steven Brust (it's his best-known character's name), and even trickled into Anne Rice, but only after Mr Brust had taken a couple of whacks at the Booklist bestsellers for genre. But, yeah ... if a fraction of this religious fervor had been devoted to economic and situational progress among society, utopia might not be so laughable. I mean, some people devote their lives to the art of lovemaking, some to the art of scaring themselves senseless about God, and even I am a poster boy for a National Tokers League so don't think I'm ducking that generalization. In the end, however, I wonder if society hasn't devoted itself to religion because it is afraid of itself. Anyone I know will accept the individual conclusions, but is it possible that society refuses to progress except by necessity because it is afraid to try? I mean, I'll admit my theism any day of the week, but I think we all know that the good Mr Davidson has documented one giant heap of social delusion. As a note, I made no stylistic changes to the presentation of Davidson's text except that I didn't list the names in two columns. Othewise, I have attempted to preserve the entries verbatim. But I thought that might make you chuckle some. thanx, Tiassa Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!