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Myths and Legends

The Spinning Pomegranates

Gigi xD

on 30 April 2013

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The Spinning Pomegranates
- Gigi, Alex, Ishani - Myths and Legends The Seven Pomegranate
Seeds The Spinning Contest Daughter of Zeus and Demeter: Core, playing in the meadows.
Hades wants her as his wife. He asks Zeus. Zeus says he'll think about it but forgets.
Hades kidnapped Core and renamed her Persephone.
Demeter made all the crops die until her daughter came back to her.
Demeter told Zeus to get persephone back, so Hermes went.
As they came back, Ascalaphus said that Persephone had eaten seven pomegranate seeds from the underworld.
The law was that is you ate any food from the dead, you would have to stay there.
Zeus couldn't have the plants continue to die, so the compromise was 9 months with Demeter, and 3 months with Hades, her husband.
During those 3 months, Demeter made all the crops die, because she was not with her daughter. 1. Summary of Myth By: Alex 2. Important Points By: Gigi The Greeks had no scientific explanation for the change of seasons, so this myth explains why winter makes all the plants die and why they aren't any leaves on the trees. Since Persephone had eaten seven pomegranate seeds from the garden of death, she had to stay in the underworld during 3 months a year, winter.
In this myth the phenomenon of nature which is explained is winter. 3. Backgrounf Information By: Ishani This story was originally told by a Greek poet called Hesiod.
If you look at the story in another perspective, Persephone might represent a grain growing.
Like a grain, she comes up in the spring and dances in the meadows.
In the fall, the grain dies as the plant is harvested. It goes back in the earth, like Persephone going down to the underworld for 3 months.
The next spring, the grain grows back again, Persephone coming out from the land of the dead.
Our group's first myth.... PRESENTING: PRESENTING: Our group's second myth... 4. Vocabulary Words By: Gigi chilled ~> Verb (to chill). A sensation of fear, dread and coldness. 5. Vocabulary Test haggard ~> Adjective. Looking exhausted, worried or unwell. fodder ~> Noun. Food, dried hay or feed for livestock (animals). condemn ~> Verb (to condemn). Sentence someone to a particular punishment. famine ~> Noun. Extreme shortage of food leading to starvation. ornamental ~> Serving or intended to be an ornament, or decorative. Take one and pass it on. By: Gigi This worksheet is your homework. Due: Thursday 2nd May. Write your name at the top. Arachne was a young woman living in a small village.
She boasted about her amazing weaving skills.
She said she was better than Athena, the goddess of weaving.
Athena then challenges Arachne to a weaving contest.
The goddess loses.
Instead of killing Arachne, Athena turns the mortal girl into a spider out of jealousy. 1. Summary of Myth By: Alex 2. Important Points By: Gigi Arachne said she was better than the goddess Athena. In a contest, Arachne won. Athena turned her in a spider for being so boastful.
The moral of the story is to be modest and not boastful if you have a particular talent.
The explained phenomenon of nature in this myth is how the spider came to be. 3. Background Information By: Ishani In another version of the myth, Arachne lost the contest and Athena finds her dead.
Athena takes pity on her and decides to resurrect her as a spider.
Both myths explain why spiders can weave webs.
By putting a curse on Arachne, the Greeks believed Athena created the spider.
Arachne simply means 'spider' in Greek. Nowadays, the scientific name for a spider is Arachnid. 4. Vocabulary Words By: Gigi rafters ~> Noun. A beam forming part of the roof structure. insolence ~> Noun. The trait of being rude and impertinent. vanity ~> Noun. Excessive pride in one's appearence or achievements. ordained ~> Verb (to ordain). Order or decree something officially. clodhopper ~> Noun. A foolish or awkward, clumsy person. extravagantly ~> Adjective. Exceeding the bounds of something. metamorphosed ~> Verb (to metamorphose). Change completely in form or nature. crone ~> Noun. An old woman, or an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. 5. Vocabulary Tests By: Gigi Thank-you Card Thanks for listening!
Hope you enjoyed it! You've got homework!
MWAHHAHAHAHAHA!!! Good Luck! You've got more homework!
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Remember, same rules as last time. And it's due Thursday 2nd May. Good Luck! Any questions
or comments? Bibliography Myths and Legends Book:

-Horowitz, Anthony. Myths and Legends. N.p.: Kingfisher, 2007. Print. Background Information (Myth 1):

-Begum, Musammod Nida. "Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds." Myths and Legends. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/userstory11330-persephone-and-the-pomegranate-seeds.html>. Background Information (Myth 2):

-"Athena, Arachne and the Weaving Contest." Greek-Gods.Info. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/athena/stories/athena-arachne/>. The Seven Pomegranate
Seeds! Our short intro video...
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