In Greek mythology, Persephone , the young daughter of Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, is abducted by Hades, Lord of the Underworld, to become his consort and rule with him over the dead. When she eats a single pomegranate seed, Persephone consigns herself to remain with Hades for a third of every year. During those bleak months, Demeter neglects the harvest and brings winter to the earth. Each year, Persephone’s return heralds the arrival of spring.
The myth of Persephone has long resonated with artists and writers. The themes of mother and daughter , of death and regeneration, and Persephone’s dual nature as queen of the Underworld and bringer of life speak directly to the contemporary soul.
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