Pomegranates & Persephone
Let us celebrate the spring as Persephone comes back to the land of the living
Persephone, the daughter of harvest goddess and the bride of the underworld god. As the story tells us, the persephone somehow ate 3 pomegranate seeds in the underworld she was 'kidnapped' to by the god of underworld, Hades. Hades falls in love with Persephone and kidnaps her to his world and the story goes on about how she was tricked by Hades to stay there by making her eat a few pomegranate seeds. With the seeds, Persephone had to return back to the underworld, that's when we go through the winter, as her mother can't stand to live without her, as the greek mythology says, she comes back to the world of living and the spring comes
Since I found out about this story, pomegranates inspire me in a strange way, and it is a fact that I do buy pomegranates to photograph them, and eat them wildly, violently and probably in a less elegant way than the Persephone did back in the days.
So, recently I cracked open a Pomegranate and dug out some alternative versions, twisted quotes about Persephone and Hades, and how Persephone chose to be the Queen of the underworld rather than the daughter of Demeter. Which in my opinion empowers her, so hope you enjoy the rest of the post and you can find the original story/myth with a quick google search.
So let us celebrate the spring, Persephone is coming back to the land of living;
look mother, look at me now, kingdoms blooming beneath my feet and a throne of shadows for me.
excerpt from queen of bones, a persephone reimagining | published in unmythologize by a.c.
they say he stole her, as if Persephone were only something to be coveted and not a goddess in her own right, as if she were not as feared in their realm as he.
they say that he corrupted her, that Hades’s flower wilted under the stench of his death but they forget that Spring is rebirth, that if anyone could be touched by the underworld and flourish, that it would be her. they say that he tricked her, that she did not want to stay. but they forget how the winter drags on, how each year it creeps in sooner, leaving bones aching for a hint of her warmth, and it is not because he will not let her leave it is because she does not want to go.
persephone had pomegranate juice dripping from her lips a kingdom at her feet and for the first time in her life she felt divine.
Don’t you dare pity her She traded a suffering soul for a throne of bones She exchanged watchful eyes for a court of her own The seasons of the earth depended on the very breath she took She had death wrapped around her fingers and spring at her beck and call and the ruler of the heavens tasked with finding her She turned the world upside down to find freedom The daughter of flowers escaped her prison made out of roots and thorns and became the queen of death and forged her new home out of shadows and power
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