mythology meme: 1/?
Persephone, Περσεφόνη, also called Kore, is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter. She is also the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead.
While living in the underworld her looks are sad, and fear can be seen in her eyes; and yet a queen, and yet of that dark land empress.
Even if she’d been kidnapped, in the end she falls in love with her husband Hades, in fact, when she finds out that he’s got the hots of the nymph Minthe, Persephone becomes so angry that she trampled the poor girl under her feet and turned her into a mint plant.
The story of Persephone and Demeter:
"As soon as Hades noticed Persephone, he couldn’t keep himself from falling in love with her. So one day, when a narcissus caught Persephone’s eye, she plucked it to get a better look, but as she pulled it from the ground, a rift formed and Hades kidnapped her and hurled his chariot down into the darkest depths of the underworld, taking Persephone with him.
Aphrodite, Artemis, and Athena didn’t know what had happened, it had been so sudden. One moment Persephone was there, and the next she wasn’t.
After Demeter had wandered for 9 days and nights, searching for her daughter as well as taking out her frustrations by randomly torching the earth, sad and tired, she asked Helios where his daughter was.
Helios told Demeter that Zeus had given their daughter to “The Invisible” (Hades) for his bride.
Even after a temple was built in her honour, Demeter continued to reside at Eleusis, pining for her daughter and refusing to feed the earth by growing grain. No one else could do the work since Demeter had never taught anyone else the secrets of agriculture.
Meanwhile, Persephone knew she couldn’t eat in the Underworld if she ever hoped to return to the land of the living, and so she had diligently observed a fast, but Hades, her would-be husband, was so kind now that she was about to return to her mother Demeter, that Persephone lost her head for a second, long enough to eat a pomegranate seed. Perhaps Persephone didn’t lose her head. Perhaps she had already grown fond of her implacable husband. At any rate, according to a covenant among the gods, the consumption of food guaranteed that Persephone would be allowed (or forced) to return to the Underworld and Hades.
Then, a compromise was arranged that Persephone could be with her mother Demeter for two thirds of the year, but would spend the remaining months with her husband. Accepting this compromise, Demeter agreed to let seeds sprout from the earth for all but three months a year (the time known as winter), when Persephone was with Hades.
So each spring, Demeter makes sure all the flowers bloom in welcome when her daughter, Queen of the Underworld, returns to her. Each fall, when Persephone returns to Hades, Demeter cries, and lets all the crops die until spring, when the cycle starts again”.