So what do we do with the myth of Persephone? What do we do with other myths like it? We have two basic choices: we can accept that our Deities are stuck in a cultural mindset nearly 3,000 years out of date, one that is anti-woman and pro-rape; or we can decide the our Deities do not and id not support these facets of Greek culture, despite the lack of primary source text material to prove that.
If we choose to believe that the Deities do not hold identical values to humans living more than two thousand years ago, we must begin to be more judicious about the images we rely on to connect to our Deities, whether they be in pictures or in words.
“Saving Iphigenia: Escaping Ancient Rape Culture Through Creating Modern Myths” ~ Thomas Pantera, writing in Pagan Consent Culture: Building Communities of Empathy & Autonomy, edited by Christine Hoff Kraemer & Yvonne Aburrow
Archeological evidence reveals that our earliest human ancestors shared the company of ravens and crows. Early hunter-gatherers noticed these birds and celebrated them in legends and myths around the world over thousands of years. Ancient spiritual connections are evident on the cave walls of Lascaux, France, where a crow-headed man has been interpreted as the soul of a fallen hunter. The writings of early Scandinavians celebrated ravens as useful informants. The First People of the Pacific Northwest placed their deceased shamans on elevated altars adorned with carved ravens, which symbolized the priests’ connection with the creator; there their bodies wold be eaten by ravens, which would free their spirits and allow them to travel. In Tibet, in a similar tradition, dead loved ones’ bodies were cut up and placed on tower platforms where revered ravens and vultures would eat them.
Picture found here.