Despoina

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After Persephone was abducted by Hades, Demeter set off in search of her lost daughter. This is well known. What is not so well known is that during her wanderings, Demeter herself was raped and from this outrage, a second daughter, Despoina, was born. The story goes thus: Seeking Persephone, Demeter arrived in Arcadia and caught the eye of Poseidon. To escape his advances, she turned herself into a mare but he saw through her disguise. He became a stallion and mounted her. Furious at this violation, she became Demeter Erinyes, that is to say a Fury wishing to avenge the wrong that was wrought on her. Later, she purified herself by bathing in the river Ladon and ‘became tender and sweet once again’. Two offspring resulted from the rape: a magical horse, Arieon, and his sister, Despoina. In some traditions, Despoina too was a horse, and the myth may…

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By GrannyMoon Posted in Pagan

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