The Archetypal Myth of Demeter & Persephone: A Story for Mother & Daughter Celebrations

 
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First in a series of goddess books for girls and their mothers, Demeter & Persephone tells the much older pre-patriarchal version of the myth, a version which centers on the loving relationship between the mother goddess Demeter and her beautiful, kindhearted, courageous and spiritual daughter, Persephone. She leaves her mother and ventures into the underworld to bless the spirits of the dead and give them eternal peace. Universal women's issues such as motherhood, separation, self-empowerment and joyful reunion are embedded in this archetypal myth of the changing seasons. Later patriarchal additions to the story (rape, abduction, blackmail, incest) are noticeably absent in what is thought to be the goddess-worshipping Bronze age version of the tale. There are additional non-fiction sidebars on topics such as: grain agriculture and civilization, what are myths and archetypes?, The 2,000 year-long Eleusinian Mystery Cult, and Minoan civilization and art, especially fresco painting. There is also a list of resources, and an explanatory essay which supplements the text. All original illustrations are by the author.

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Marjorie Meyers Graham, M.A., taught college English, humanities and women's studies for 23 years. She currently teaches women's studies and watercolor painting in the midwest and leads artists' retreats to Door County, WI. She studied design at the U. of Texas, painting and drawing at the Aegean School of Fine Arts on Paros, Greece, and landscape painting with Yianni Ziogas on Samos, Greece. Quote: The context for this book is my 38+ years fascination with the many layers and dimensions of ancient Greek and Minoan culture. The wall frescoes found in the Bronze age archeological dig at Akrotiri reveal the joyful nature-loving spirit of the pre-patriarchal goddess-worshipping Minoan period. Inspired by the grace and power of 3,500 year-old images, I imagine new combinations and interpretations. These paintings led me to create this illustrated version of the 'real' myth of Demeter and Persephone. Marge Graham sits on the boards of the Wilmette Arts Guild and artistic circles, both in Wilmette, IL. She's a founding mother of The Women's Exchange in Winnetka, IL and owner of A Woman's Place: Retreats and Seminars Celebrating Women and Creativity. She lives in Northfield, IL with her husband, Stephen Graham. Her website is marjoriegraham.com

Review:

A beautifully illustrated and delightful retelling of the Demeter and Persephone story, in a dramatic, shareable form that will be enjoyed whenever women come together in ritual. Graham, with her wonderful Minoan-inspired arwork, has breathed new life into this ageless myth of the mysteries and magic between mothers and daughters, as valid today as it was four thousand years ago. --deTraci Regula, author of The Mysteries of Isis

Simply and honestly told as myths should be, the tale of Demeter and Persephone unfolds through dramatic voices -- storyteller, the mother goddess and her daughter -- with exquisite illustrations and background text. The reader is invited to imagine movement, gesture, expression within the layered tensions of love, choice, loss, and celebration. We hear characters' voices and a world of sound. Read aloud and delight! --Jacqueline Murphy, former director of Arts at the Center of Teaching and Learning, Chicago Teachers' Center, Northeastern Illinois University

This is a wonderful collection of the history of Minoan goddess worship and, more widely, Minoan culture juxtaposed with an inventive new approach of telling the story of the Greek goddess Demeter and her beloved daughter Persephone. Graham arranges for the reader to become truly involved in the myth with the storytelling method. The Minoan style artwork adds to the historical and religious sentiment of the book. --Colleen Luxem, Youth Mythology Dept., The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

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