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udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
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udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
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udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
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udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
Zoom Info
udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
Zoom Info
udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.
Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks! 
Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!
Zoom Info

udalebay:

It’s really wonderful to witness third brood of house sparrow this year. They are all over my garden.

This is a great news. We (myself and Anton) have been feeding the birds regularly since we moved here in 2012. They love the pond, thick hedges, and cluttered patio. We have been chasing cats away to make birds more comfortable.

Taking care of them has a strong spiritual meaning for us. Sparrows were associated with household spirits and we definitely feel this way about them. Can there be a greater sign of appreciation from them than choosing our garden for their chicks!

Thank you sparrows for your amazing presence!

Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
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Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
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Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
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Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
Zoom Info
Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
Zoom Info
Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again! 
Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D
I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.
Zoom Info

Welcome back little mouse! So good to see you again!

Every summer little wood mice visit our garden. They come for bird seed. It’s the first mouse this year. It’s amazing to watch how it runs around the patio and interacts with sparrows. They seem spooked and surprise by the mouse. So funny. :D

I used to keep pet rats and have a very close relationship with rodents, (especially mice and rats). I consider them my familiar spirits and power animals. Visit from a mouse brings a good message.

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emegustart:

This is supposed to happen the first time Persephone is back to the Underworld….so I went and made a sequel for a comic that hasn’t even happened yet. Wibbly wobbly timey wimey….

Did I regret anything? No. No I don’t. 

on deviantart

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He kidnapped her

Against her will

Thanks fo her father after her father raped her

She starved herself to get out of his place

where do people read romance into this, where??ßß1ßewkofp *flops over*

Thanks for continue to focus on the kidnapping part which is not the point of this myth. 

Life and Death, the balance between them and the changes they cause, and the origin and meaning of the seasons cycle, on the other hand, are the real points. 

Thanks for also persisting in the idea of Persephone as a passive figure. Kidnapped, raped, silenced, with no saying or power over anything (except for maybe starved herself because there are so many different versions of this myth that it’s difficult to keep track of them, did you know that apparently there is a version where she and Hades plot together?)

Thanks for also forgetting that she’s a goddess on her own and becomes Queen and Hades’ equal and actually they’re most stable marriages in the myths. 

Thank you, you’ve enriched this post by telling me things I already know but I don’t care about. (◡‿◡✿)

Reblogging for the bitchin’ commentary and also to add that if anyone wants to read the most current (and IMO accurate) studies on Greek mythology and women’s lives, Women in Greek Myth by Dr. Mary Lefkowitz is invaluable (and incredibly inexpensive for an academic book).

The confusion comes from “Zeus” which is almost a title for a supreme god (think of the way “Caesar” was used). So you have Heavenly Zeus and Infernal Zeus, and they are not the same god but rather the supreme ruler of the sky and underworld, respectively. Likewise Persephone became known as “Infernal Hera” and this naming scheme persisted well into the Roman Empire, where Pluto and Proserpina are referred to as “Infernal Juno” and “Jupiter of Dis” in Book 6 of the Aeneid as well as on many grave monuments and in spells.

Moreover, gods don’t need to eat. Persephone refusing to eat was her refusing to become a part of the Underworld, not her attempting to starve herself. The gods are defined as being deathless, and in Ancient Greek “deathless” is synonymous with “god”. (Cf. Theogony, Works and Days, any of the Homeric Hymns, etc.) The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is really clear about this. (HH 2 370-4, 393-403.)

The marriage of Persephone and Hades is actually the most loving and consensual union among the Olympian deities. Hades first offers a dowry designed specifically to please Persephone (HH 2 10-14.), then carries her off and keeps her as a guest of honour in his house. (HH 2 341-345) Persephone is referred to as αἰδοίῃ παρακοίτι - his reverent wife. “Reverent” here refers to a respect for one’s duty, and the similarity between the pronunciation of αἰδοῖος an “Hades” is deliberate and intended to show how well-matched they are. Persephone misses her mother, yes, but is not overly upset about her marriage to Hades. Even Anchises expresses more regret over his union with Aphrodite. (HH 5 185-190.) Finally, as a proper parent, Demeter is rewarded for giving up her daughter, and offers a gift to the other gods in turn. (HH 2 441-495.)

It is worth noting that Demeter is given a position of remarkable power in this myth and is in many ways treated as or better than a father would be. The focus of the hymn remains the relationship between mother and daughter, and emphasises that it is a bond that can endure even after a woman leaves to marry. More importantly, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is an etiological myth for the Thesmophoria and the Eleusinian Mysteries, a woman-only festival and the most enduring mystery cult of the ancient world. HH 2 serves to anchor women firmly in religious and family life and sets some fairly idealised standards for husbands. Many issues arise when attempting to interpret this myth into a modern context, which is why it is so important to understand that the myth was created over three thousand years ago and is largely a historical document reflecting the mores of the time.

This is the last time I’m reblogging this strip. I edited the original post because I’m really tired of this discussion, but latining’s comment is just perfect and flawless and really educating and everyone interested in this myth should read it. 

THIS IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL AND IM SO GLAD THAT MY BOYFRIEND REBLOGGED IT FOR ME TO SEE AND TO READ THE COMMENTS OMFG

Also like to point out that Hades and Persephone were one of, if not the, most faithful divine couples in Greek mythology. 

Compare that to Zeus, who slept with anything that moved.

This comic is beautiful and adorable, and the commentary is (if you’ll pardon the pun) divine.  A++, FAVORITE MYTHOLOGICAL COUPLE, WOULD FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM AGAIN.

Beautiful commentary. God, I love mythology. 

Part 2 of ‘The Miracle of Bali’ documentary explores possession rites of Balinese culture. People get possessed by gods and goddesses, spirits of animals and even object. If you ever wondered what being possessed by spirit of a pot lid looks like here you have a chance to find out.  This documentary fascinates me absolutely. What a wonderful culture steeped in magic! Well worth knowing about.

from: http://lolitaperdurabo.kiamagic.com

homosexualityandcivilization:

[Picture: Anasyromenos statuette, ancient Roman in origin. Artist unknown.]

Aphroditus was a deity whose worship originated in Cyprus - specifically the city of Amathus - and eventually spread to Athens. Often described as a ‘male’ Aphrodite or Venus, the deity is actually supposed to be a fusion of both male and female, in a capacity that produced new divine power.

Statues in the pose above - άνασυρόμενος (anasyromenos) - are copying a gesture said to have apotropaic qualities, which deflected misfortune and could bestow good luck.

Macrobius, a writer in 5th century Rome, spoke of Aphroditus’ worship in his book, the Saturnalia:

There’s also a statue of Venus on Cyprus, that’s bearded, shaped and dressed like a woman, with scepter and male genitals, and they conceive her as both male and female. Aristophanes calls her Aphroditus, and Laevius says: Worshiping, then, the nurturing god Venus, whether she is male or female, just as the Moon is a nurturing goddess. In his Atthis Philochorus, too, states that she is the Moon and that men sacrifice to her in women’s dress, women in men’s, because she is held to be both male and female.

The association of a fused divinity with the moon was considered to have powerful influence over fertilization, giving a blessing to crops and animals alike. In later years, the origin of Aphroditus was retooled, becoming the child of Hermes and Aphrodite who fused with a water nymph and as such developed the same abilities as the Cyprian predecessor.

(Source: books.google.com)

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