Persephone and Hades: Reconciling the Masculine and Feminine in the Ancient Mystery Rites

Day: FRIDAY 11/11/11

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm

Venue: Crown Hall

Offering: Persephone and Hades: Reconciling the Masculine and Feminine in Ancient Mystery Rites

Featuring: Marguerite Rigoglioso

What riches for healing between men and women may we find in the ancient stories and rites of the most famous mother-daughter duo, Demeter and Persephone? In this provocative talk, sacred historian Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., will draw on her newbook, Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity (Palgrave Macmillan 2010), to offer a challenging, but ultimately empowering, vision of what happened at the Eleusinian Mysteries celebrating these goddesses, which forever transformed the lives of participants and made them unafraid of death. She will provide evidence that initiates experienced Persephone’s abduction into the underworld in the form of a ritualized “rape by the god” during a deep trance state. She will take us on the journey of the men and women who underwent this shamanic ordeal as a means of understanding and reconciling the cosmic gender war. Ultimately, she will help us embrace paradox to create a vision of restoration between Masculine and Feminine that involves questions of karma, radical self-responsibility, and the relinquishing of victimhood. PLEASE BE ADVISED: This talk includes frank discussion of the intersection of sexuality and violence, some sexually explicit imagery, and the question of rape. Do consider whether this is appropriate material for you at this time. Talk is not appropriate for anyone under 17.

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