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Author Topic: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children  (Read 3848 times)

Nyktelios

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2012, 05:48:37 pm »
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For example,  the Persephone myth can be viewed as a way of explaining the necessity and process of "Individuation", by which a youth separates from the Parents and establishes a unique, personal identity independent of and apart from them.  

Often this process is confusing and painful for both parents and child -- the closer the parent-child bond, the harder and more "violent"  the struggle for Individuation must be.  And that, btw, is one of the major life phases and responsibilities exemplified by the Maiden archetype -- exploring and establishing individuality apart from the Mother.


That doesn't have much to do with the actual myth and the context from which it comes. Persephone wasn't finding her individuality, she was entering marriage, which for a girl meant leaving her father's family and being incorporated into her new husband's family. Women were property to be traded by men, which did not always go over well with female members of the family, as we can tell by Demeter's reaction to Zeus giving his daughter in marriage to Hades.
 
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Only if by "universe" you mean "agricultural cycles of the British Isles."


Maybe she means the life-death-rebirth cycle.

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2012, 06:21:35 pm »
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Only if by "universe" you mean "agricultural cycles of the British Isles."

 
Yeah unfortunately, the closer to the equator you get, the less relevance the traditional seasons have to the agricultural and mythic cycles.

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2012, 07:12:48 pm »
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That doesn't have much to do with the actual myth and the context from which it comes. Persephone wasn't finding her individuality, she was entering marriage, ...."


GAIA:
That's (partly) why i said it *can* be understood as, rather than "should", 'must", "is", etc.


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which for a girl meant leaving her father's family and being incorporated into her new husband's family. Women were property to be traded by men, which did not always go over well with female members of the family, as we can tell by Demeter's reaction to Zeus giving his daughter in marriage to Hades.



GAIA:

Thanks for that insight :)

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2012, 07:41:24 pm »
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Here's a link to a list of children's books of Greek Mythology.

Karen

 
I read the very first book in that link repeatedly when I was a kid. I got it from my school library. I loved it, and I wasn't pagan then, I don't think I even knew what paganism really was back then. I found it on Amazon not to long ago and want to get it as soon as I can afford it.

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2012, 12:02:44 am »
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Yeah unfortunately, the closer to the equator you get, the less relevance the traditional seasons have to the agricultural and mythic cycles.

 
Or, the farther you get away. Or live in the prairies...

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Re: Explaining Greek God Mythology for Children
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2012, 03:06:17 am »
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I read the very first book in that link repeatedly when I was a kid. I got it from my school library. I loved it, and I wasn't pagan then, I don't think I even knew what paganism really was back then. I found it on Amazon not to long ago and want to get it as soon as I can afford it.

 
Didn't see my favourite on the list, but it probably hasn't been translated. It was a norwegian book that used the stars and constellations to spark off a retelling of the Greek myths.
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