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Persephone candle

Persephone candle

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Persephone is a significant figure in Greek mythology, known as the goddess of the underworld and also the queen of the underworld. She is the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and harvest, and Zeus, the king of the gods. Persephone's story is intricately tied to the changing of the seasons and is often used to explain the cycle of plant growth and the annual descent of vegetation into the earth in winter, only to emerge and bloom once again in spring.
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One of the most well-known myths featuring Persephone is the tale of her abduction by Hades, the god of the underworld. According to the myth, while Persephone was gathering flowers in a field, Hades emerged from the underworld in a chariot and abducted her, taking her to his realm. Demeter, consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter, wandered the earth in search of Persephone, and her grief led to the cessation of plant growth and the onset of a great famine.
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Zeus, who was concerned about the impact of the famine and the absence of growth and harvest, eventually intervened and demanded that Hades release Persephone. Hades obliged, but he tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds before she left the underworld. Eating food from the underworld meant that Persephone would have to return there for a portion of each year. The number and circumstances of her annual visits to the underworld vary in different versions of the myth, but it is generally accepted that her time in the underworld corresponds to the winter months when the earth is barren.
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As a result of her time in the underworld, Persephone became associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. In her role as the queen of the underworld, she presided over the realm of the dead and was sometimes depicted as a stern figure with power over the souls of the departed. However, she was also revered as a symbol of fertility and the return of life in the spring.

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