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The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.
In this article, we look at Ascalapus and the myths and legends surrounding Ascalapus , Ascalapus relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.
A son of the underworld river Acheron, he was said to be the keeper of the orchard of Hades. It was reported that he told the other gods that Persephone (daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of harvest) had eaten some pomegranate seeds from the orchard, and as a consequence she was bound return to underworld for up to six months of the year. This angered her mother Demeter so much that she buried Ascalapus under a huge rock. Later Herakles (Hercules) on one of his several ventures into underworld, removed the rock and freed him, but either Demeter or Persephone herself then turned him into an owl, which was considered a messenger of grief and sadness to mankind. If you look closely at the full pictures of the painter Hieronymus Bosch, you will find an owl lurking somewhere in probably every one of them, I have seen many and not found one that did not have one hidden it somewhere.
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