Persephone on the US Capitol Building
- 2010/02/24 00:03:42
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Why is PERSEPHONE the goddess queen of the underworld, wife of the god Haides on top of the US Capital? She was also the goddess of spring growth, who was worshiped alongside her mother Demeter in the Eleusinian Mysteries. This agricultural-based cult promised its initiates passage to a blessed afterlife.
Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring's
bounty. Once upon a time when she was playing in a flowery meadow with
her Nymph companions, Kore was seized by Haides and carried off to the
underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her
dissappearance and searched for her the throughout the world
accompanied by the goddess Hekate bearing torches. When she learned that Zeus
had conspired in her daughter's abduction she was furious, and refused
to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus consented,
but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides--a handful of
pomegranate seeds--she was forced to forever spend a part of the year
with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in
spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth
of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely,
saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.
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