The Theft of Persephone 3
"I've lost you, my child. I've lost you forever."
"Persephone shall spend only one-third of each year in the Underworld. The other two-thirds she shall spend above the earth."
Persephone shared everything about her life in the Underworld as Demeter listened. She was overjoyed! Persephone then told her about the pomegranate she shared with Hades. Demeter then cried hysterically. The world which had just begun to grow, began to shrivel once again. Demeter had been warned that if Persephone had eaten a single thing from the Underworld, she would have to stay there forever.
As Demeter weeped, a goddess, Rhea, Demeter’s mother, appeared before them. She told them that since Persephone had only eaten a bite of the pomegranate, she could stay with Demeter for part of the year and be in the Underworld for the other part. Even though Demeter only got to see Persephone for part of the year, Demeter loved the idea since she would not be losing her daughter forever.
During the months that Persephone lived in the Underworld, Demeter weeped and the world suffered. It was freezing and all the crops died. During the months that Persephone was with Demeter, she let the world be warm. Crops flourished and flowers bloomed. The story of Demeter and Persephone created the seasons. When you are playing in the sun, thank Demeter.
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