The story of Demeter’s search of Persephone forms the Eleusinian Mysteries as recounted in one of the Homeric Hymns (c. 650 BC). According to the hymn, Demeter’s daughter Kore was assigned the task of painting all the flowers of the earth. Before completion, she was seized by Hades who took her to his underworld kingdom. Distraught, Demeter searched high and low for her daughter. Because of her distress, she caused a terrible drought in which the people suffered and starved, depriving the gods of sacrifice and worship.
There are many, many myths around the world about the love of a mother to her child. Cihuacoatl, an Aztec mother-goddess and patroness of childbirth, was sometimes portrayed holding a child in her arms, but her roar was a signal of war – perhaps because there is nothing more ferocious than a mother protecting her children.We are in awe of this strength and devotion, and it is our great pleasure to be able to present you with the picture book “Demeter and Her Daughter” at Baubo Bookshop.
For those of you who are not a big fan of the ancient classic compilations of the gods and goddesses of the Greek and Roman mythology, we present “Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome” by E. M. Berens. First published in 1880, this comprehensive collection is an early modern retelling of the characters and tales of ancient Greece and Rome; a popular account which offers an important insight into the ancient civilizations that it evokes. They include the almighty Zeus and his many wives; heroic Perseus, slayer of the snake-headed Medusa; Helen of Troy, whose beauty caused a great war; Medea, driven mad by jealousy; and tragic Persephone, doomed to live half of each year in the Underworld, condemning the world above to winter.
I hope you enjoy the stories!