Persephone Eric Shine and austin long

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Persephone By Austin Long & Eric Shine The Goddess of Spring


Persephone was the goddess queen of the underworld and wife of the god Hades She was also the goddess of spring, growth and fertility, who was worshipped alongside her mother Demeter Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter Facts about Persephone


According to myth Persephone spent one part of the year in the lower world, and another with the gods above, which made her the symbol of vegetation and new life Facts (cont.) Persephone’s other names are Kore (meaning daughter), Maiden, and also she was sometimes called “The maiden of the beautiful ankles.”


  Green, black, light blue, purple, magenta, indigo, and yellow   Colors:   Crystal, quartz, agate, black onyx, pink tourmaline, sapphire, obsidian, mercury, coral, agate, and jasper   Gems and Metals:   Floral scents, especially narcissus and hyacinth, almond, vanilla, and bergamot   Perfumes/Scents:   Pomegranate, narcissus, willow tree, lily, ivy, lily of the valley, oriental lily, maidenhair fern, daisy, and lavender   Plants:   Bat, ram, parrots and all talking birds, and monkeys   Animals:   Spring, wreath of flowers worn in hair, torch, reeds, waterfalls, rivers and springs   General: Goddess Symbols of Persephone


Myth Hades one day desired a bride and he asked his brother Zeus to grant him one of his daughters. Zeus offered him Persephone, the daughter of Demeter. Persephone with her nymph companions were playing in the meadow, suddenly Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld to be wed to him. Her mother Demeter, distraught at the disappearance of her daughter, searched the world, but was unable to find her. Upon learning that Zeus took part in the abduction, Demeter was furious and refused to let plants grow until her daughter’s return.

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Myth (cont.) At  last Zeus ordered Hades to give up Persephone, provided that she had not eaten the food of the dead (pomegranate). Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds. Zeus told Persephone that each year she must spend six months in the Underworld, as the bride of Hades, one winter month for each seed that she had eaten.  But for the other six months she could return to the living world to be with her mother. When Persephone reached the upper world, she ran to embrace her mother. Demeter's anger melted, and the world became green again. Persephone’s return to her mother every year was marked by spring and summer (when plant-life flourished) and winter and autumn mark her return to Hades.

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