Thursday, October 21, 2010

Myths and Legends: The Return of Persephone

The Return of Persephone. To find out more about Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This famous painting by Frederic Lord Leighton shows Persephone being return from the underworld to spend part of the year with her mother Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, who lives in the upper world. Persephone is being conveyed out of the underworld by Hermes, who is the "psychopomp," the "soul-sender" who in this case is conveying someone out of the underworld rather than the other way around!

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