The Demise of Demeter

The Demise of Demeter

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  • Demeter was one of the major Greek deities. She was a daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and she herself had a daughter with Zeus, whose name was Persephone.
  • Who dares take my Persephone away from me!
  • One day she discovered that her darling daughter was kidnapped. Although by whom, she did not know.
  • O sweet Persephone, come back to me! I am leaden without you by my side, and all of Olympus is dark without your light!
  • Demeter spent nine days without letting ambrosia or nectar touch her lips, all to find her daughter. However those days and nights spent searching were in vain, and she drowned in grief.
  • She sought refuge in the town of Eleusis, disguised as an old woman.
  • Back at Olympus, Zeus was exasperated at the antics of Demeter. As a result of Demeter's grief, no seeds grew and it appeared that mankind would die of famine. He was able to persuade Persephone's captor - Zeus's brother Hades - to allow Persephone return to her mother.
  • Finally the two were reunited, and the seeds of corn sprouted once more. However, Persephone had no choice but to bid farewell to her mother and return to Hades for a third of the year. It was her disappearance that created the change of seasons, for when she returned to her husband, winter and its melancholy arrived.
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