so I’ve been in an art funk but I think Jily inspired me out of it
Tornei-me insano | via Tumblr on We Heart It.
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i showed this to my sister and she slapped me
That one friend that acts out when boys are around
Persephone as a dark and off-putting goddess who worries her mother by hanging out with satyrs and making weird stuff like pitcher plants and Venus flytraps. Hades being charmed and intimidated all at once.
Just be aware that you’re romanticizing a rape, watch ouuuuutttt.
While I am indeed aware of the myth in its most well-known form wherein Persephone is abducted and raped by Hades (often with collusion from her father Zeus), there are older versions with Persephone going to the Underworld on her own to help the souls there, and also modern interpretations where she goes with Hades willingly.
"In addition to explaining the fallow period of the agricultural year, Persephone’s myth is believed to be an account of the merger of the Hellenic (Indo-European) pantheon with a much older one. The rape motif in the story underscores that the Hellenic takeover was a violent one that wrested power from women. In the words of Robert Graves, “It refers to male usurpation of the female agricultural mysteries in primitive times.”
The pre-patriarchal Persephone was probably a triple goddess, with the maiden Kore her manifestation in early spring, the mother Demeter her mature aspect, and the queen of the underworld her death aspect. Note that Mediterranean goddesses were rarely depicted as hags or crones, even in their death aspect.” (x)
I’m not interested in romanticizing rape or any other awful power imbalance dynamics disguising themselves as romance. I’d much rather read and write about a meeting of equals, and my mention of Persephone creating her own sort of plants is meant to imply that she isn’t just Demeter’s “decorative daughter” (to quote Persephone Lied) but one who is carving out her own godly domain already.
The original post isn’t perfect, of course. I honestly just typed it up after some time musing on things I’d change in various stories. I have several followers who also post/reblog Hades and Persephone stuff, and I thought it would interest them. I never expected it to explode as it has.
This post is very interesting, but I wanted to point out one thing. There is no actual proof in the oldest known version of this myth (the Homeric Hymn to Demeter) that Hades raped Persephone in our sense of this word.
The word rape in this context comes from the Latin word “raptio” which means to abduct or carry away, not to physically violate someone. The Hymn itself gives us very little information on Persephone’s stay in the Underworld. We are only informed that she she is miserable, because she misses her mother, but no sort of abuse or psychical violation is ever suggested.
Actually the language used in the Hymn points towards the interpretation that Persephone is treated fairly well in Hades’ home, which is further reinforced by how Hades offers her various honors and power equal to his own before he gives her the pomegranate seeds.
Of course the very fact that he still kidnapped her against her will with okay of her father is very bad in itself and allows for one of the interpretations of the myth to be about how patriarchy treated women as object to be owned and sold. But there are other readings of this myth as well and saying that Persephone was raped simply, because the whole thing is called the Rape of Persephone is misinterpretation.
I didn’t feel particularly qualified to address the changed meaning of the word “rape”, but thank you so much for weighing in with this.
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