A Month of Devotional Thought — Haides, Day 4

Myths are the subject for today, specifically the myth or myths about Haides that I like the most.

Interestingly, the myth that draws me the most is the one concerning his marriage to Persephone. It is not a rape in the modern usage of the word, but rather appears to be the equivalent of the ritual “kidnapping” of the bride that used to occur in pre-Classical period in Hellas.

Haides did not technically “steal” the bride because he asked Zeus for permission to marry Persephone. This only posed a problem because Demeter did not know in advance about the nuptials and was in a position where her prominence in the mortal world was equivalent to Haides’ in the Underworld.

In my personal opinion, this marriage symbolizes the relationship that life and death have where each only thrives in the presence of the other



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