The myth of Persephone and Demeter explains why the seasons change.
Hello! I'm Demeter, goddess of agriculture! In my hand are sheaves of grain, my symbol!
Come with me!
I miss my mom.
I love you Persephone! I'm going to marry you!
Demeter, the goddess of agriculture , is symbolized with sheaves of grain. Demeter is also the loving mother of Persephone. Her daughter with Zeus.
I've looked everywhere for my dear Persephone. Do you know where she is?
Hades kidnapped her and took her to the underworld to be his wife.
One day, Persephone was out picking flowers and playing in the woods with some nymphs. She saw a narcissus flower, and reached to pick it. When she did, a large hole opened up. Hades came out of the hole and kidnapped her. Zeus had helped Hades create a plan to capture her.
Please Hades! I want my daughter back!
Persephone will have to stay six months in the underworld with Hades because she ate six pomegranate seeds.
At first, Persephone missed her mother immensely and was unhappy with her new home, but she grew to love Hades and live happily in the underworld.
I'm so glad you're back! Now let's start planting!
For many days, Demeter searched everywhere on Earth for her beloved Persephone. She even disguised herself as an old woman. One day, she came across Helios, the sun god, who told her where Persephone was. Demeter created a drought that killed many people. so Zeus would be angered and have to help her.
Demeter asked Zeus to help her get her daughter back. In Greek mythology, it is said that if a person ate their captor's fruit, they will have to return to them. Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds, so Zeus decided that she would have to return to Hades for six months every year.
Persephone's myth explained the change of seasons. When she went to the underworld for six months, it created Fall and Winter. Food was scarce and no crops survived. But when Persephone came back during Spring and Summer, the crops started growing again and the food was plentiful.