Persephone essay

Firmicus Maternus gives a rationalized euhemeristic account of the myth whereby Liber (Dionysus) was the bastard son of a Cretan king named Jupiter (Zeus). When Jupiter left his kingdom in the boy's charge, the king's jealous wife Juno (Hera), conspired with her servants the Titans to murder the bastard child. Beguiling him with toys, the Titans ambushed and killed the boy. To dispose of the evidence of their crime, the Titans chopped the body into pieces, cooked, and ate them. However the boy's sister Minerva (Athena), who had been part of the murder plot, kept the heart. When her father the king returned, the sister turned informer and gave the boy's heart to the king. In his fury the king tortured and killed the Titans, and in his grief, he had a statue of the boy made, which contained the boy's heart in its chest, and a temple erected in the boy's honor. The Cretans, In order to pacify their furious savage and despotic king, established the anniversary of the boy's death as a holy day. Sacred rites were held, in which the celebrants howling and feigning insanity tore to pieces a live bull with their teeth, and the basket in which boy's heart had been saved, was paraded to the blaring of flutes and the crashing of cymbals. [52]

When it does happen, she doesn’t see it coming.
Some boy traps her.
Pushes her back against a bed that feels like the inside of a mouth.
His nails are softer. Filed down like the devils in her mind.
He puts sport upon her hips.
His lips don’t crack when he opens his mouth to take her while she waits.
She realizes then: she is nothing like the white maiden in the mythology her mother told her about.
She feels the underworld fine.
She waits for men to take her face and say her name.
She puts their fingers against the edge: into the place her father’s sharp nails dwell.
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Persephone essay

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