Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Who Are Demeter And Persephone

How is that for a title. Any guesses?  

These lovely pieces of garden wall art were given to me years ago by a friend who included this story of the origin and inspiration for the artist.


First of all, it is looking a lot like WINTER.   

Does that help?


Well, let me tell you the story about Demeter and Persephone. 

 "According to Greek mythology, they were goddesses who ruled over the growth and death of the earth's vegetation


One day, Demeter, goddess of all growing things, could not find her beloved daughter, Persephone. For nine days she searched and asked after the child, but no one had seen her.


On the 10th day, Triptolemus told how the earth opened up and a chariot drawn by black horses appeared and disappeared, the drivers face obscured but his right arm tightly clasping a struggling maiden. 


Demeter then knew that Hades, god of the underworld, had stolen Persephone, probably in collusion with his brother Zeus, ruler of the gods.


Demeter refused to return to Olympus, home of the gods, and wandered the earth, lamenting her loss and forbidding the trees to yield fruit and the fields to bear grain. Gifts and sweet-talk failed to move Demeter. Zeus was powerless to save the race of man.


Zeus sent a message to Hades, and they agreed to release Persephone if only she had not eaten the food of the dead. Persephone, though sorely tempted, had not eaten a bit from a crust of bread nor a sip of water.


Their ruse having failed, Zeus and Hades were obliged to release Persephone to her mother's arms, when a gardener appeared, claiming to have seen Persephone eat six seeds of a pomegranate plucked from Hades orchard. 


Demeter remained adamant and Hades was forced to release Persephone. Save for 3 months when she would rule with Hades as Queen of the underworld. 


It is during those 3 month that nothing grows while Demeter mourns the annual loss of her beloved daughter Persephone. 


And that is why we have WINTER." 


So, there you have it.  Just a little trivia!

What do you think your Winter is going to be like?

Mary

3 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story to share. I have always wanted to know more about Greek mythology. I did not have the chance to take any courses on it during college (too busy with science and math stuff, more's the pity). I actually am contemplating taking a course on this subject at the local community college just for fun. Our winter is supposed to be warm, but wet. I sure hope so!

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  2. That’s quite an interesting story, Mary! While I’ve never heard of it, I’m sure my husband and daughter might have, for they’ve long had an interest in Greek Mythology. Our winter is predicted to be a cold one, which I’m dreading. And I surely hope it doesn’t last as long as last year’s did! Sounds like you’ve had some cold and snowy weather yourself. Stay warm and cozy, my friend! Hugs to you and precious Ivy!!

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  3. Just stopping by to say hello, Mary. Thinking of you and wishing you well! I look forward to catching up with you when you post again, and hope you’re enjoying some sunny days and lots of snuggle time with Ivy! {{hugs}}

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