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Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. Her myth describes her wearing poppies during the barren months of winter, waiting for the return of her daughter Persephone, paradoxically both the queen of the dead and the epitome of spring. This paradox is the basis for Persephone’s association with resurrection myths.

I have used the myth of Demeter and Persephone to examine the poignant relationships and complicated roles of a mother and daughter and the cycles and seasons that denote the time to be Persephone or to be Demeter.


“Mother and daughter so like in Greek art as to be indistinguishable.” Sir James Fraser

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