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The story most often told about Persephone, is that when she was a young girl, she was out one afternoon picking flowers with some friends. Hades, the God of the Underworld, came and kidnapped her and made her his queen. Demeter, the Goddess of grain and harvest, and Persephone’s mother , was distraught at the loss of her daughter, and travelled the world searching everywhere for her, weeping bitter tears. Because of her sadness, winter came, and continued so long that all the people began to starve.

The people prayed to Zeus and begged him for mercy. Zeus heard their cries and forced Hades to return Persephone to Demeter. And Hades did, but not before Persephone ate some seeds from a pomegranate. Some say that Hades tricked Persephone into eating the fruit. Some say she reached out and plucked it as her mother was leading her out of hell. Because Persephone had eaten six seeds, she was bound to return to the Underworld, spending six months below with Hades and six months above Hence the seasons.

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Comment by Susan B on June 27, 2012 at 3:49pm

Beyond beautiful and what a dramatically stunning picture of one of my favourite legends.

Comment by Linda Madrid on August 6, 2011 at 11:38pm
Unbelievable.   You are amazing.  Wonderful work of art.. 
Comment by Maryann**NY on August 2, 2011 at 1:26pm
Marilyn, You are an artist. Your work is Marvelous!
Comment by Gwen OH on August 2, 2011 at 12:20pm
She is stunning, Marilyn.  All the detailed work is more than amazing!

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