Ladies of Life and Death Picture

A doodle of Hekate, Persephone and Demeter that I decided to colour. Which reminds me that I seem to be stuck with Destroyer of Light at the moment. It's the usual thing; I thought I knew how to draw a certain scene but once I got to it I realized that it doesn't feel right. It is quite frustrating, but I'll solve it eventually. I hope.

Persephone has asphodels in her hair and Demeter is crowned with wheat and poppies. But I've talked quite much about those two before, so let's focus on Hekate.

Hekate is mostly known as goddess of ghosts, witchcraft and crossroads. Small statues or symbolical representations of her were put before or in houses to protect from ghosts. But she was not always seen as a chthonic deity. According to Hesiod she was honoured by Zeus like no other after the Titan War: "The son of Kronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea". She could bring good luck to sailors, bless flocks of cattle with fertility and was called "nurse of the young".

The myths don't say much about Hekate's parents, the titans Perses and Asteria, but obviously Zeus tried to rape Asteria. She refused to yield to him and threw herself into the sea where she was transformed into the island of Delos (Hm. Makes me wonder what Hekate really thinks about Zeus. On one hand, he honoured her very generously after the Titan War, on the other hand he is to blame that she no longer has a mother).
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