Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and Persephone

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  • Persephone grew up very joyful and happy in Olympus. Her mother, Demeter, loved her so much and couldn't leave her daughter out of her sight. 
  • Hades, the evil god of the underworld, instantly fell in love with Persephone. He wanted to capture her and make her his queen. While Demeter was gathering flowers, Hades quickly opened the ground leading up to Earth, and took Persephone in his carriage before going back to the underworld.
  • Persephone was very frightened. Hades decorated her with gold and jewelry, but the gold did not bring her happiness. She missed her mother and her beautiful flowers. The only plant in the palace was a pomegranate tree. Persephone did not want to eat any pomegranates. 
  • Demeter was looking for her daughter. She became so sad that she turned into an unhappy, old woman. Then she came across a man named Triptolemus. He explained to her that his brother's pigs had fallen into the ground and heard a girl screaming. Demeter was now angry that her daughter had been kidnapped by Hades.
  • Demeter went to Zeus and demanded Persephone back or she would never bring spring back again. Zeus ordered Hades to return Persephone back to her mother. But since Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds, every year she had to live with Hades for however many seeds she ate.
  • Demeter and Persephone were overjoyed to see each other.  They enjoyed the warm months together. Demeter was sad in the winter, when her daughter lived in the underworld. Triptolemus planted grain all over the world and taught men how to do the same.  And Demeter and Persephone were happy together.
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