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Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural [Anglais] [Broché]

Howard Schwartz

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12 décembre 1991
Once upon a time in the city of Tunis, a flirtatious young girl was drawn into Lilith's dangerous web by glancing repeatedly at herself in the mirror. It seems that a demon daughter of the legendary Lilith had made her home in the mirror and would soon completely possess the unsuspecting girl. Such tales of terror and the supernatural occupy an honored position in the Jewish folkloric tradition. Howard Schwartz has superbly translated and retold fifty of the best of these folktales, now collected into one volume for the first time. Gathered from countless sources ranging from the ancient Middle East to twelfth-century Germany and later Eastern European oral tradition, these captivating stories include Jewish variants of the Pandora and Persephone myths and of such famous folktales as "The Fisherman and His Wife," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and "Bluebeard," as well as several tales from the Middle Ages that have never before been published. Focusing on crucial turning points in life--birth, marriage, and death--the tales feature wandering spirits, marriage with demons, werewolves, speaking heads, possession by dybbuks (souls of the dead who enter the bodies of the living), and every other kind of supernatural adversary. Readers will encounter a carpenter who is haunted when he makes a violin from the wood of a coffin; a wife who saves herself from the demoness her husband has inadvertently married by agreeing to share him for an hour each day; and the age-old tale of Lilith, Adam's first wife, who refused to submit to him and instead banished herself from the Garden of Eden to give birth to the demons of the world. Drawn from Rabbinic sources, medieval Jewish folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral tradition, these stories will equally entrance readers of Jewish literature and those with an affection for fantasy and the supernatural.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Some of the best most frightening stories! 15 juillet 1998
Par timlieder@juno.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a reference for every eerie and nasty folktale in Jewish culture. From Maimonides and the Homonculus to tales of the angel of death this book can only be compared to the Grimm Brothers at their most evil.
It is so sad that Sarah MacLachlin and neo-pagan feminists have tried to make Lilith into some Gloria Steinem type of symbol. Her destructive and glorious power is something that should never be defanged, and the Lilith stories in this volume prove it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Top-notch! Entertaining but also with educational value 30 août 2004
Par D. Norder - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This an absolute delight of a book, with stories that will entertain adults and children alike. A number of the tales focus on Lilith, but there are also a good collection of other supernatural beasties here.

Howard Schwartz is a first-rate scholar and even provides footnotes and background on the stories he presents. The information on the history of Lilith here sticks to proven facts instead of farfetched speculation and outright errors and fantasies most other books on the subject are filled with.

I highly recommend this collection and Schwartz's other books of fairy tales as well.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read for both specialists and the "average reader." 8 février 1999
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Try this : buy this book and read a tale before you go to bed at night. You probably won't be able to stop at just one! Schwartz has put together a great collection of supernatural tales, both long and short, that throw a fascinating light on Jewish folk culture. The general reader will appreciate the writing style, while folklore specialists will be glad he has included notes and references (in the back, thank you!) Fascinating elements to this goyisch reader : the magical power of simply studying the Torah and the frequent resort to a rabbinic court as a form of protection against and release from demons and spells.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful folktales 15 mai 1999
Par Richard Zimler - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is an excellent book of supernatural Jewish folktales. It's very well written. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in Judaism, mythology, storytelling or the occult.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fifty tales that raise an interesting question 4 août 2013
Par Israel Drazin - Publié sur Amazon.com
What is thought-provoking about this book, its fifty Jewish tales of demons and the supernatural, is that most of the demons are women. Yes, Satan appears, but it is women who seduce men, control of their minds, and steer them to vile acts. Surprisingly, the most frightening of these tales were derived from Sefer Hasidim, a thirteenth century Hebrew text recording the teachings of Judah the Pious and his followers, teachings that guide Jews to pious behavior. Even the seemingly harmless biblical Queen of Sheba is depicted as a demon. There are legendary tales of famous rabbis such as Ba'al Shem Tov and Rabbi Loew of Prague combating female demons. These facts seem to indicate that men, especially pious men, fear women, and feel they need to avoid them and combat their deleterious nature.

Henning Mankell wrote about the white interlopers into Africa in his 2013 enjoyable novel A Treacherous Paradise about 1904 Mozambique. He portrays whites enslaving, mistreating, and yet avoiding contact with native blacks when not forcing them to work. Whites compelled blacks to walk in the streets when they passed by on pavements. Whites helping blacks were despised and shunned. Mankell reveals that despite controlling blacks and despite the blacks' total submission to whites, white people feared the blacks. He is noting that an aspect of discrimination is fear of the people against whom one is discriminating.

This seems to explain, at least in part, why so many fearful demons are women: many men are afraid of women. This fear is especially prevalent among people who consider themselves pious. Many pious men fear that women will seduce them and draw them from piety, as shown repeatedly in Schwartz's tales. They find ways to segregate women and mistreat them, hoping the mistreatments and subjugations will keep women apart from them, in their proper place.
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