2013 Project 365

Project 365/301 – The Three Red Amigos

The Pomegranate originated from Persia and is one of the oldest known fruits. A symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.

In “The Abduction of Persephone”, daughter of Zeus and of Demeter – Goddess of the crops and harvest.

Persephone was known for her beauty and one day Hades abducted her while she was picking wild flowers and whisked her away to the underworld.

It is said that no one should eat while in Hades, as if one does they are doomed to stay there forever. Hades made Persephone eat four Pomegranate seeds and made her his wife.

Zeus finally demanded that Hades return his daughter to the earth. Upon her return Persephone told her mother, Demeter, of the four Pomegranate seeds. Because of these seeds, Persephone returns to Hades a third of the year as his wife and the remainder of the year with her mother.

In Demeter’s sadness of Persephone’s yearly absence, she refuses to allow crops to grow until her daughter’s return.

It is now time that Persephone is returning to the underworld and Hades, and Demeter begins to mourn.


35 replies »

  1. Ahhhh such deep history with the pomegranate seeds, I had no idea that’s what Persephone ate! It does look like a very interesting fruit though, it deserves the glory! I find the little seeds hard to chew but love the fleshy bits around it..

  2. I love pomegranates…I used to sit with my mother when I was young and we would use a needle to pick at them….

  3. I’m a mythology freak! I love this story of the seasons. Great photos of a fun fruit to eat. Don’t wear white while eating! šŸ™‚

      • I know Emily, painting and planning have taken time away from visiting. The Maine paintings look nice framed – great reminder of a place that’s so special to us. The quality and subjects of your photography, especially this series, are really taking stage before our eyes. Wonderful work.

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