So, Spring is in the air… this is a time for rebirth and new beginnings according to legend and general consensus. But where did this concept really start to become a part of popular culture. As many of you know, I am very fond of Greek Mythology, so I thought we’d have a peek at their legend/myth as explanation. It’s a nice one, I think!
WINTER AND SPRING: THE LEGEND OF PERSEPHONE
Why do Winter and Spring arrive? How does the changing of the seasons really work? We could consider the scientific way, or we can look at the more romantic and fun explanation that Greek mythology gives us! The reason for winter and spring as according to Greek mythology is this:
Demeter, Goddess of agriculture and daughter of Cronus and Rhea, had a daughter named Persephone (by way of Zeus). One day she was snatched away by Hades, God of the Underworld, to live with him in down in the Underworld. No one knew what had happened to Persephone. Her mother, Demeter, heard her cries but knew not where she was. Distressed by this disappearance, Demeter left all the harvest alone and as a result, mass famine struck. One day while Apollo was making his rounds through the underworld as he does through the sky, he spotted Persephone down there and reported the finding to Zeus. Zeus then sent Hermes, the messenger god, to bring Persephone back. Unfortunately, Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds given to her by Hades in the land of the dead. This trickery bound her to return to the underworld for six months every year. When Persephone returns from the underworld each year, Demeter makes the earth bloom and grow beautifully which is the time of year we know as Spring and Summer. When Persephone returns to the underworld, Demeter stops and Fall & Winter arrive.
That’s more fun than science, isn’t it?
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In the Northern Ontario town of
, a visionary woman finds a stranger
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