The Story of Peresphone and Hades

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This is the story about the seasons.

Hades was the god of the underworld. He fell in love with his niece Persephone and decided to marry her. He decided to get Zeus' opinion, who said he should kidnap the goddess. Taking the advice, Hades kidnapped his niece, when she was picking flowers and brought her to the underworld for one year. During this time, she was forcibly wed and she also stopped eating.

Her mother Demeter-goddess of agriculture- found out and roamed the Earth unable to find her. After taking to Hecate and Helios, she found out about the event and in grief, made the land infertile. Zeus then sent Hermes to retrieve the lost goddess and Hades agreed. He tricked the hungry goddess into eating a sacred seed- which would make her return every six months. Demeter and her daughter were reunited, yet she found out about the event and was saddened that she'd lose her daughter for six months.

This is why we have the seasons. In the spring and summer, the two are united and so in happiness, Demeter lets plants grow. However in the fall and winter, the grieving goddess makes the earth barren and infertile, because she doesn't have her daughter. Its also why we celebrate the two equionix rituals.

Added to on Mar 03, 2012
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