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Long Journey Home, The : Re-Visioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time - Christine Downing

Long Journey Home, The

Re-Visioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone for Our Time

Paperback Published: 1st May 2001
ISBN: 9781570626852
Number Of Pages: 320

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"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."

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Ancient Sources
The Greek Literary Traditionp. 9
The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"p. 26
The Rape of Proserpinep. 39
Art and Ritualp. 49
Precursors of Contemporary Perspectives
Mythography and Depth Psychologyp. 59
The Woman's Experience of Herself and the Eleusinian Mysteriesp. 72
Women's Re-visioningsp. 77
Demeterp. 84
Persephonep. 88
Contemporary Women's Retellings
A Richly Filled Cornucopiap. 101
In Search of a Prepatriachal Versionp. 103
The Myth of Demeter and Persephonep. 109
The Mother-Daughter Bondp. 114
Three Poemsp. 119
The Cruxp. 123
Learning from My Mother Dyingp. 125
Love among Womenp. 136
The Return to the Motherp. 140
Rape and Patriarchal Violationp. 146
Demeter, Persephone, and the Pedagogy of Archetypal Empowermentp. 149
The Two Goddessesp. 155
Puberty Ritesp. 161
The Rape of Persephonep. 166
Cycles of Becomingp. 173
Midlife Passagep. 186
Mother and Daughter Mysteriesp. 190
The Rape of Demeter/Persephone and Neurosisp. 197
Demeter's Folly: Experiencing Loss in Middle Lifep. 206
Persephone in Hadesp. 219
Hekate, Rhea, and Baubo: Perspectives on Menopausep. 233
Glimpses of a Postpatriarchal Worldp. 243
Sightings of Maternal Rage and Paternal Love in the Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"p. 248
Hades Speaksp. 254
Concern for the Earthp. 260
An Ecofeminist Perspective on the Demeter-Persephone Mythp. 262
A New Telling of the Mythp. 271
Long Journey Homep. 273
About the Contributorsp. 291
Further Readingp. 295
Creditsp. 299
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ISBN: 9781570626852
ISBN-10: 1570626855
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1