Persephone In Greek Mythology
Persephone's tale is a sad story to hear. She's best known in a story that I will share with you later in the hub. She is the Greek queen of the underworld and was also known to be the Goddess of vegetation. At one point they considered her to be the Goddess of death.
Mother And Father
Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, two of the original Olympians. Demeter is the Goddess of harvest and Zeus is best known as the God of thunder. I feel that she had more of a connection with her mother for her abduction story saddened her mother the most, while Zeus didn't seem to care much. Though, maybe he did and just didn't show it.
Persephone And Hades
As said before the story of Persephone is a very upsetting story. Hades had abducted Persephone. He had found her to be beautiful and in a way loved her, though had a strange way of showing it for he took her away to the underworld, as a prisoner. She was imprisoned in the underworld. Unable to ever leave.
All the while her mother Demeter was throwing a fit of her own after hearing that her daughter had been taken from her, to never see her again. She caused a lot of bad weather and catastrophes and it was because of this that Zeus decided to send Hermes there to take her away from the underworld and return her to her mother's side. In some ways they failed for Hades had tricked Persephone into eating these seeds that made her have to return to the underworld for six months of the year.
She was Hades's wife. Whether she ever really loved him, I am unsure. By the way the story sounds she was merely his wife because he forced her into it. However she was still considered the queen of the underworld and her husband, Hades, the king.
Her Name Was Forbidden
At point Persephone's very name was forbidden to say. This was so because she was once considered to a dreadful Goddess, therefore no one ever wanted to anger her. With in this particular story that speaks of her as being dreadful, she worked by her husband's side. I take it that she wasn't his prisoner in this story.
Persephone was thought to carry out the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. This too is a part of the story that speaks of her as being a frightening and dreadful Goddess.
Personally I myself in a way like this story more because it is less saddening. However if I think of it in another way I don't care for it as much because she doesn't seem to be as good as I see her to be in the main and most known tale of Persephone.
Her character is mentioned in the recent book series of Percy Jackson the movie they had made out of the first book "Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief". They depicted her very well with in these books and the movie.
Although I'm sure she was mentioned in other media I can't really think of any myself. Feel free to share with me if you know of any.
The thought of the underworld is disturbing. The river styx, the tortured souls that are there. Everything about it is downright awful. Though I must say that I do like the idea of Cerebus, who was a canine like monster he protected the gates of the underworld, keeping anyone from ever leaving. Persephone is possibly the only good one that involves the whole underworld concept. She is the light with in this whole dark story.
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