Painting by Linda Lawler

Persephone, Greek Goddess of grain

In Ancient Greek religion, Persephone is the daughter of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Demeter, Goddess of agriculture. According to her legend, while she was picking flowers in a field she was abducted by her uncle Hades and taken to the underworld where she became his Queen. She is an interesting character in Greek mythology for being a dual deity with contradictory traits. She is known as a vegetation Goddess primarily, and Goddess of springtime because that is the time the grain begins to grow, but she is also associated with both life and death, nature and destruction. 

In Greek art she is often depicted in robes holding a scepter and a shaft of grain. Other symbols associated with Persephone are the pomegranate, as it is because she ate some of its seeds that she was forced to stay in the underworld. She is also associated with the horn of plenty, or cornucopia, to symbolize life and fertility. 


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