Spend a minute admiring this work of art.

The Rape of Proserpina

And to the detail.

The Rape of Proserpina (detail), by Bernini. Galleria Borghese, Roma

In Greek mythology, Persephone (/pərˈsɛfəni/ pər-SEF-ə-nee; Greek: Περσεφόνη), also called Kore (/ˈkɔːriː/ KOR-ee; Greek: Κόρη; “the maiden”), is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Homer describes her as the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. She becomes the queen of the underworld through her abduction by and subsequent marriage to Hades, the god of the underworld.[1] The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation, which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence, she is also associated with spring as well as the fertility of vegetation. Similar myths appear in the Orient, in the cults of male gods like Attis, Adonis, and Osiris,[2] and in Minoan Crete.
Persephone as a vegetation goddess and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which promised the initiated a more enjoyable prospect after death. In some versions, Persephone is the mother of Zeus’ sons Dionysus, Iacchus, or Zagreus. The origins of her cult are uncertain, but it was based on very old agrarian cults of agricultural communities.

Myths and legends are not happenstance. Nothing is. Even if apparent. They were events and things taking place at some point, distant, in one’s history.

“And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.”
― Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings

Monsters in human shape, effected as derivatives by sick unstable persons, had roamed this earth (and others) eons and eons before The Ever-Living has built Adam. Such races of bygone humanities carried their feuds and wars and atrocities. Humankind knows how to ferment caprice from the tallest beauty down to some of the ugliest lows.

Political correctness, anytime in any history, is about dressing up evil, about cover! Hesiod, Homer, Ovid or Gian Lorenzo Bernini are mere messengers, compilers of crude forgotten facts. Yet everyone has to carry his own clothes, his own version of normality. None of which comprises purity as a state, more like a conjecture.

Later on, Adam being raped by the same serpentine humanism. Abel being killed by its offspring. The Anointed being sold, spit, scourged and crucified to death by power traders. He who digs a pit for others falls himself into it. Passing throughout death, touching Hades, the Creator takes His Own along, allowing the abyss to filter the living from the lifeless. Tables turned. Full disclosure completed, two millennia ago.

There is electric charge (plus) and electric discharge (minus) — like an arrival from a departure. There is no null and no negative within Eternity. Like evil and ugliness, these concepts are unsupported in existence.

Great to notice how tables turn, in science, in philosophy, technology and even politics. Amazing!

O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be glory and dominion
Unto ages of ages.

John Chrysostom, Paschal homily –

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