Kore

kore

The Kore (“The Maiden”), who Plato refers to as Pherepapha, who in Latin is known as Proserpina. She is the daughter of Deo and the wife of Hades. As the wife of Hades, she is the Queen of the Underworld, who remains in the realm of the dead for six months out of the year. While Hades is distant and as a chthonic deity of the underworld, Kore is more approachable since aspects of the upper world remain with Her.

As the daughter of Deo, She offers comfort and solace to those who have lost a loved one or passed on themselves, and aids in the transition from life to death. Her Mysteries offer the hope of a better fate in the afterlife, but she also protects the living from violence and sorcery.

As the daughter of Deo, She is the Spring Maiden, who is associated with its new growth; looking over the growth of crops as well as the cosmic cycle of life, death, and renewal – all of which is prevalent with the spring.

 

Epithets

  • Agne (Pure)
  • Auxesia
  • Averna
  • Azesia
  • Brimo
  • Calligeneia
  • Carpophores
  • Deione
  • Despoina (Mistress)
  • Eleusina
  • Epaine (Awesome)
  • Hermione
  • Kore (Maiden)
  • Meliboea
  • Melitodes
  • Soteira
  • Thesmia

 

Iconography

She is commonly depicted as a young, beautiful and graceful woman.

Items associated with her are:

  • Crown
  • Grain stalks
  • Torch
  • Mint
  • Narcissus
  • Pigs
  • Pomegranate
  • Poplars
  • Willow

 

Worship

Most Hellenes refer to the chthonic deities by their epithets, rather than their names. Hence, it is proper to refer to Her as Kore, as opposed to Her true name.

Further, when offering Her libations, it is best to provide straight wine that is poured into the ground as opposed to wine mixed with water, as is the standard when offering to chthonic Gods. Other offerings are to be placed in a hole and buried.

Festivals dedicated to Her are:
Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries
Greater Eleusinian Mysteries

 

Bibliography

“Kore-Persephone.” Neos Alexandria. September 27, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2017. https://neosalexandria.org/the-pantheon/kore-persephone/.

“PERSEPHONE – Greek Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld (Roman Proserpina).” Theoi Project. Accessed September 30, 2017. http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Persephone.html.

Temperance, Elani. “Baring the Aegis.” Epithets and safety. February 18, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2017. http://baringtheaegis.blogspot.nl/2015/02/epithets-and-safety.html.