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In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.

In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.

In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death.

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Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.
— Neil Gaiman- Fahrenheit 451 Introduction (via dortheaisles)

vuelie:

ART HISTORY MEME; 8 artists:
Claude Monet [1/8]
Color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment. -Monet

Do you wanna know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the little emotions. You see, in their last moments, people show you who the really are. So in a way I knew your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?

Valente Celle Tomb, 1893, The Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa - Italy Sculptor: Giulio Monteverde (Bistagno, Alessandria, 1837 - Roma 1917) The funeral monument called “Eternal Drama” represents a real Dans macabre, the futile attempt of life to escape the inevitable embrace of death. The sculptor Giulio Monteverde underlines, in this sculpture, the contrast between the sensuality of the beautiful young woman who personifies Life (caught in the moment in which , wearied by the vain struggle, she is about to surrender herself to the terrible spectre who has chosen her as his prey) and the rigid impassiveness of Death which seizes her.  http://grabschonheiten.diary.ru/p81440998.htm?oam

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DaJé Barbour by Danny Lang