The myth of Demeter, Persephone and Hades. The myth of how the four seasons came about.
Don't go far Persephone !
Persephone? Where are you Persephone?
Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and harvest. She had a daughter that she loved very much, her name was Persephone. One day as Demeter havesting some wheat and Persephone was picking some flowers, Persephone walked to the far end of the field because she saw the most beautiful flower and went to pick it.
Eat this pomegranate just to show that there is no hard feeling between us.
Persephone is free to go !
Thank you !
Hades, the ruler of the underworld had heard of beautiful Persephone and wanted her to be his queen. Hades had emerged from the ground and swept Persephone off her feet. He took her to the underworld. Persephone had wandered off far from Demeter so she couldn't hear her daughters screams. Hades had abduct Persephone to be his queen in the underworld.
Persephone has eaten while in the underworld, this means Hades has a claim on her. I have decided that Persephone has to go back but not forever just four months of each year.
Demeter had looked everywhere for Persephone and could not find her. She grew very depressed and was not as happy harvesting. All the plants had started to die and nothing grew. Zeus saw this and sent Hermes to get back Persephone from the underworld so the plants can grow again.
I am very happy to have you back !
-Four months later-
Hades said that Persephone can return to her mother but that he wants her to eat a pomegranate to show that there is no hard feeling between them. Persephone ate the pomegranate and headed home.
Demeter was overjoyed to have Persephone back. However, because she had eaten while in the underworld, Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, Zeus decided that Persephone would have to spend four months each year in the underworld.
During these months Demeter would grieve for her daughter's absence, withdrawing her gifts from the world, creating winter. Persephone's return brought the spring and made all the plants grow again. Thus creating the four seasons.