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Demeter and Persephone: Lessons from a Myth / Edition 1
     

Demeter and Persephone: Lessons from a Myth / Edition 1

by Tamara Agha-Jaffar
 

ISBN-10: 0786413433

ISBN-13: 9780786413430

Pub. Date: 09/12/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The classical Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone as told in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter has been used most often to explain the cycle of the seasons. However, a closer examination will reveal insights on living and dying, loss and reconciliation, and suffering and healing.
This work demostrates the continued importance and relevance of

Overview

The classical Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone as told in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter has been used most often to explain the cycle of the seasons. However, a closer examination will reveal insights on living and dying, loss and reconciliation, and suffering and healing.
This work demostrates the continued importance and relevance of the myth of Demeter and Persephone to today’s society. The first three chapters provide a summary of the Homeric story and examine the myth from the perspectives of the mother and daughter.
The following chapters discuss the symbolism of critical objects, the role of female mentoring, the role of Hades and the meaning of the underworld, the subject of rape, and the masculinist perspective presented by Zeus and Helios, and derive lessons useful for healing and knowledge. The Hymn to Demeter as translated by Helene Foley is included as an appendix in order to provide a basis for the discussion in the text. Notes and a bibliography also follow the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413430
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/12/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Cast of Characters xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Story 7

2 Demeter: Grieving, Retaliation, and Reconciliation 14

3 Persephone: Moving Beyond Victimization 36

4 A Narcissus, a Veil, and a Pomegranate 56

5 Female Mentoring 73

6 Zeus and Helios: Male Power and Masculinities 97

7 The Underworld and Hades: Death, Transformation, and Rebirth 115

8 Rape 135

9 Unraveling the Mysteries: Guidelines for Healing and Knowledge 149

10 One Day in a Life 158

Notes 165

Appendix 173

Bibliography 187

Index 193

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