Demeter was loved by all humans. Demeter had one daughter, her name was Persephone. Like her mother, she was caring, with a happy nature and the most dazzling smile. Demeter liked nothing more than to spend hours in the company of her delightful daughter, chatting and laughing, watching her grow into a radiant young woman.
Unknown to Persephone, Hades, mighty ruler of the Underworld, had spied her on one of his trips to the world above. Knowing that Demeter would never agree to her daughter living with him in his gloomy world of the dead, he decided to visit his brother, Zeus, to discuss the matter. Surprisingly, the great god Zeus agreed to Hades’ plan.
Persephone was wandering with Artemis and Athena in the meadows gathering flowers for Demeter. She moved happily through the grass, picking fragrant blooms. Wafting on the gentle breeze, the most exquisite perfume caught her attention. " I must have this for my mother! "
Hades captured Persephone and kept her in the underworld. Using all his powers of persuasion, he pleaded with her to stay and be his bride. At first, Persephone cried and cried, until she had no more tears left to weep. She refused all offers of food, for she had heard the legend that those who eat in the Underworld can never return.
Gradually, Persephone began to look around her and could not help but admire the tasteful but luxurious decorations. Meanwhile, The crops did not thrive, the land became barren and sorrow began to creep over the earth like a thick fog.
Hermes gave Persephone a fruit in order to save her. She ate six seeds and only six. Not enough to escape the Underworld forever. Every Autumn Demeter cries, the leaves fall and the crops are at an end, as her daughter returns, willingly, as Queen of the Underworld to Hades, her husband