Monday, October 3, 2011

Hades and Persephone

Do you ever wonder if there was more to certain myths than has survived?  A few of them, really make me wonder what was edited out.  The story of Hades and Persephone is number one on that list.

Was their story really one of kidnapping and rape or was it simply an ill advised and ultimately unhappy marriage?  Would a goddess really allow anyone to harm her child?  Would the other gods look away?  The sorrow of Demeter is an incredibly powerful metaphor for winter, but it is also vague and one sided.

I love mythology, and often lessons can be gleaned from ancient stories, but I think we also must take them all with a bit of skepticism.  They were handed down orally for generations.  The versions we have now are like the more masculine versions (I believe many myth had a feminine counterpart that may have been known only among women).  These versions have also been translated, annotated and often altered to suit the tastes and desires of later generations.

What myths do you feel might have a back story?

If you're interested, The Goddess Test and Goddess of Spring are interesting, modern re-tellings of the relationship between Hades/Dis and Persephone/Kore.

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