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The myth of Hades and Persephone was always one of my favorite myths. I am unsure as to why; perhaps it is because it is a story of an underdog finally winning, or perhaps it is because it is a tragic love story in a sense. Did I mention I am a sucker for romance?
Persephone used to live far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. In the Olympian telling, the gods Hermes, Ares, Apollo, and Hephaestus had all wooed Persephone; but Demeter rejected all their gifts and hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian deities.
Thus, beautiful Persephone lived a peaceful life until Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, fell in love with her. It is said that Zeus advised him to carry her off, as her mother Demeter was not likely to allow. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs in a field when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth. Demeter searched desperately with torches for her lost daughter all over the world. In some versions she forbids the earth to produce, or she neglects the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened and at length she discovered the place of her abode.
Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. However, it was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Before Persephone was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (four or six according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for a period each year. The seeds correspond to the dry summer months in Greece, usually one third of the year (four months) when Persephone is absent. When Demeter and her daughter were reunited, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for some months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm. This is an origin story to explain the seasons.Materials
: Real Jasper Pendant, Polymer Clay (no molds were used), Sculpey III Glaze (to seal), 18" Leather Cord Necklace with lobster claw clasp (Alternative 18" Silver Plated Chain with lobster claw clasp)Dimensions
: 45 x 35 mm
OOAK Design (c) Krystal J. McDonald 2011
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