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The Mysteries of Demeter by Jennifer Reif
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Nov 30, 2009

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So far- Reif has done a lot of great research on Demeter, Persephone and the Eleusinian mysteries and put together some lovely rituals, prayers and other resources. However, I do not buy her argument that rape (abduction) was not a part of the original myth of Persephone. It's possible maybe it wasn't but it is in the oldest surviving form we have- the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. She bases her argument on the Orphic literature which makes no sense considering they were a much later sect. I think her feminist revisionism is distorting her view & presentation of ancient history and religion. Mythology is not always politically correct- sorry that's the way it is!

(And I say this as a feminist myself- I just believe in being honest about history.)
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