In Hymn to Demeter, a young goddess named Persephone gleefully picks flowers alongside a group of other female deities. But the harmonious springtime scene soon turns violent when Hades, god of the Underworld, snatches the maiden from the field and hides her from her mother, Demeter. As Persephone plunges into the darkness with Hades, her screaming voice echoes throughout the cosmos, desperately invoking the gods’ assistance, but to no avail; only Demeter hears her cries. This commences the epic search for Persephone that occupies the central theme in this legendary myth, one which has subsequently inspired some of the most highly admired artists, writers, and philosophers in the West.
Altogether, the hymn can be read as allegorizing the strength of the maternal bond and the power of the female voice. Despite her restrictive and intrusively patriarchal environment, Persephone’s simultaneous role as the Queen of Spring and the Queen of the Underworld demonstrates an astounding victory instead of tragic victimization.
-excerpt from “Power and Protection in the Myth of Persephone”
Jayce Chandler, Issue 2
Photographer: Moses Lee
Model: Denise Zaldivar
HMUA: Jessica Teran, Maiya Evans, Natalie Arriaga
Stylists: Erin Kuykendall, Melina Perez
Assistants: Clarence Yuan
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