Weekly Photo Challenge: LOST IN THE DETAILS

Some months ago I took this photo of my favourite fruit, the pomegranate, and though the myth that follows, is not related to the title of this challenge, I would like to share it with you.

In the Greek myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, lord of the underworld, the pomegranate represents life, regeneration, and marriage. One day while out gathering flowers, Persephone noticed a narcissus of exquisite beauty. As she bent down to pick it, the earth opened and Hades seized her and dragged her down to his kingdom. By eating a few pomegranate seeds, Persephone tied herself to Hadesβ€”the pomegranate being a symbol of the indissolubility of marriage. Inconsolable at the loss of her daughter, the corn goddess Demeter prevented the earth from bearing fruit unless she saw her daughter again. Zeus intervened and worked out a compromise: Persephone should live with Hades for one third of the year and the other two thirds with Demeter. Persephone’s return from the underworld each year is marked by the arrival of Spring.

Some people say the apple is the forbidden fruit, others say it is the tomato, and yet others claim the real pomme d’amour is the pomegranate.

 

 

sipak

44 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: LOST IN THE DETAILS

  1. That’s a fabulous shot of a pommegranate, Paula. Those Gods were so mischievous, weren’t they? I’m just happy that Spring is in the air. (well, almost!)

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    • According to Demeter, any day now ;). Keep well Jo πŸ™‚ And thank you for liking my shot. For once I was happy with it too πŸ˜€

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  2. Great photo and a great subject! I used to live in Greece, and one of my favourite customs is when pomegranates are thrown on the floor outside a wedding as a sign of fertility. It does get a little messy though!

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  3. The good friends Israel & Iran both use pomegranate when they celebrate new year πŸ™‚
    It’s a tasty fruit that I like a lot, but mangostan and punjabi mango is my favorites.

    Great photo!

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    • Really? I didn’t know that :D. I had the last one for this season just two days ago… Grazie Anna. xo

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  5. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    Fabulous picture .Pomegranate is a fruit of health.Thank you for sharing.All the best.Jalal

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  6. omygoodness what a beautiful blog post all around! loved the story and your photo is gorgeous!!

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    • I wish I could take the credit for that … it was the natural light on my balcony ;). Thank you , Jeffo πŸ™‚

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  7. My favorite fruit also… I just worry about staining my clothing when I eat them as I attack it with tenacity πŸ™‚ hahaha

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