The Importance Of Persephone

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The ancient Greeks, like many ancient cultures, believed in multiple gods. The Gods had supernatural powers and strengths. Myths about these Gods helped explain things about Greek life, These myths were important because they explained why the Greeks did things in a certain way and what was important to them. The article Greek Mythology explains that some “…myths arose when men tried to understand the natural world around them” (1). The myth of Persephone and Hades was culturally significant because it helped explained the cycle of the changing seasons and also the importance of one of their religious rituals. Persephone, was the beautiful Goddess of spring who became queen of the Underworld. She was the daughter of Zeus, ruler the Olympian…show more content…
According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia “The story of Demeter and Persephone was perhaps symbolic of the changing seasons and the perennial change from life to death, to life once more, or in other words, the changes from summer to winter and the return of life in spring as seen in agriculture (Cartwright). The myth of Persephone was not just a story, it was important because it actually helped the Greek people to make sense of the world around…show more content…
According to Ohio State Archaeological Excavations in Greece, “myths arose to explain the manner in which and the locations at which the Greeks carried out their rites” (Greek Mythology). Greek rituals used torches and ears of corns which symbolized Demeter’s search for Persephone (Cartwright). In the spring festivals celebrated Persephone with symbolism of her picking flowers and her wedding. Religious worship of Persephone was a big part of Greek life. The myth helped the people understand why some religious rituals existed and why they should honor
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