Destroyer of Light 71

posted September 10th, 2014, 5:16 am


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September 10th, 2014, 5:21 am

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The ancient Greeks probably made a pennyroyal potion rather than pennyroyal tea, but this was easiest for me to draw. I made some research on pennyroyal, trying to learn where it grows, when the flowering period is, and if it really could be picked at this time of the year in Greece (but exactly what time of the year is it? It's about two months after the harvesting and threshing of grain. August? September?) After a while my brain got all dizzy and said fuck this shit. Let's just say that it can be picked. We don't have this herb in Sweden.

I've read one analysis of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter that identified the drink that Demeter drinks (the kykeon made of water, barley and mint) with the pennyroyal potion, and that many of the plants connected with Demeter and Persephone actually had anti-fertility properties (including pomegranates). The conclusion was that their cult maybe was more about controlling your fertility than promoting it. Persephone holding a pomegranate gets a whole different meaning then. Like, "take this, have sex and have fun!" It's only a theory but interesting none the less.

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September 10th, 2014, 9:00 am

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The line "It's different for mortal women... because of the poison" made me chuckle :P

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September 10th, 2014, 10:47 am

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@mitchellbravo:
Heh! Yeah, at least Persephone doesn't need to worry about dying from poison.

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