The Greek Holy Virgin, inner soul of Mother Earth (Demeter); a name so widespread, that it must have been one of the earliest designations of the World Shakti or female spirit of the universe.

The story of the rape of Kore is a late addition, a historical reference perhaps to the destruction of the early Goddess Culture, or a patriarchal attempt to subvert the power of the myth. The myth itself is a story strung together around the original experience, which was a ritual, the celebration of the Thesmophoria, in ancient Greece. The ritual was one of descent and rising ... The ancient Kore shows us that renewal cannot be seperated from decay, that it is death that makes life fertile.