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Introduction

Mythology quenches the thirst for immortality that has moved the souls of great men of the past and present. Myths do not appeal to reason but to human emotion. It is a language that speaks to our sensitivities; it appeals to human instinct rather than intellect. Hence the power of mythology to transform those physical phenomena that once led to the formation of the world into extraordinary events. In the case of the legends tied to the history of Sicily, the myth of Ceres and her daughter Proserpina led to the creation of spring and the abundance of the produce that has made Sicily so famous, and for centuries Sicilians have held great feasts in honour of Ceres and Proserpina. Their myth is tied to the lived mythology of Enna and other Sicilian towns.

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