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Discovering Henna and its surroundings through the myth of Goddess Demeter

Discovering Henna and its surroundings through the myth of Goddess Demeter
Starts from

Catania

Duration

4 Days

Transportation

By Car

Length

477 km

Hotels

1

Guidance

Self-Guided

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WELCOME MY DEAR TRAVELERS! I'm Maria Carolina Bonfanti and it's a pleasure to make your acquaitance!
If you chose this itinerary, probably you are very passionate about myths and ancient deities. You're in the right place, then! Trough this brief but intense journey, I want to bring you along and show you the "mythical" Sicilian hinterland, making reference to the Great Demeter.
If you're wondering who she is, let me give you a brief introduction about the most worshipped deity of the area.
Demeter is the Olympian goddess of the harvest and agriculture, presiding over grains and the fertility of the earth. Demeter 's daughter, Persephone was abducted to the underworld by Hades, who received permission from her father Zeus to take her as his bride. The "crime scene", seems to be the most famous lake in Henna, Lake Pergusa, where Persephone used to pick her beloved flowers.
Incredible, right?
Demeter searched for her tirelessly and the soil started to be unproductive, as consequence of her grief. Zeus had no choice! He sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back. As a compromise, Hades agreed to release her just for certain months of the year, which correspond to Spring and Summer. On the other hand, Winter and Autumn correspond to the months she has to spend in the Underworld. If you're wondering why, well...the answer is pretty easy! Demeter 's so happy when her daughter can be by her side on earth, so harvest is particularly florid during those months. But when Persephone has to go back to the Underworld, Demeter feels so miserable that nature reflects her state of mind.
Now that you know what we're talking about, I hope you'll join me in this adventure! What do you have to lose?
Ah! Make sure to bring some comfortable clothes and trainers with you. We'll have a lot to walk! So ladies, you'd better get rid of your high heels!
Don't forget your bathing suit. You can rent a canoe in Lake Pergusa, so be ready to get wet!
Credits: This tour was made by Maria Carolina Bonfanti, as a multimedia tourist and storytelling project for the "Laboratory of formal technical writing (storytelling and gamification)", under the coordination of Prof. Elisa Bonacini, within the ITS 2-years COURSE "Higher Technician for the management of tourist accommodation facilities and cultural activities", 2019-2021, founded by the ITS Archimede Foundation at the CUMO Eastern Mediterranean University Consortium, in Noto (Syracuse).
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