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Long Journey Home Revisioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time

ISBN-10: 1570626855
ISBN-13: 9781570626852
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Description: The story of the mother-and-daughter goddesses Demeter and Persephone has seized the imagination of people in every age, from ancient times to the present. Considered today by many to be the archetypal myth for women, it touches on timeless themes  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The story of the mother-and-daughter goddesses Demeter and Persephone has seized the imagination of people in every age, from ancient times to the present. Considered today by many to be the archetypal myth for women, it touches on timeless themes in every life, such as the male-female relationship, love between women, initiations into puberty and old age, the mother-daughter bond, death, and ecological renewal. Christine Downing has combined essays, prose, poetry, and even performance art with her own insightful commentary to shed new light on the myth's ancient meanings and to offer new insights in its implications for contemporary men and women.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Ancient Sources
The Greek Literary Tradition
The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"
The Rape of Proserpine
Art and Ritual
Precursors of Contemporary Perspectives
Mythography and Depth Psychology
The Woman's Experience of Herself and the Eleusinian Mysteries
Women's Re-visionings
Demeter
Persephone
Contemporary Women's Retellings
A Richly Filled Cornucopia
In Search of a Prepatriachal Version
The Myth of Demeter and Persephone
The Mother-Daughter Bond
Three Poems
The Crux
Learning from My Mother Dying
Love among Women
The Return to the Mother
Rape and Patriarchal Violation
Demeter, Persephone, and the Pedagogy of Archetypal Empowerment
The Two Goddesses
Puberty Rites
The Rape of Persephone
Cycles of Becoming
Midlife Passage
Mother and Daughter Mysteries
The Rape of Demeter/Persephone and Neurosis
Demeter's Folly: Experiencing Loss in Middle Life
Persephone in Hades
Hekate, Rhea, and Baubo: Perspectives on Menopause
Glimpses of a Postpatriarchal World
Sightings of Maternal Rage and Paternal Love in the Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"
Hades Speaks
Concern for the Earth
An Ecofeminist Perspective on the Demeter-Persephone Myth
A New Telling of the Myth
Long Journey Home
About the Contributors
Further Reading
Credits

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