Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I am Persephone, the Greek goddess of the Underworld. My mother is Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and my father is Zeus, the king of all gods. When I was little, I was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld, to be his bride. My mother was devastated when I was gone and in her fury did not let the land grow until I came back. Zeus finally stepped in because my mother was literally killing all humans to release me, but I had already eaten pomegranate seeds from the Underworld and was bound there. After lots of debating, Zeus finally made a deal with Hades that I would be with my mother 3/4ths of the year, and the other fourth I would spend as Hades's wife. For that quarter of the year called winter, Demeter lets nothing grow. But when I am with her, spring comes and life comes back to Earth.