In Greek mythology, Persephone ( /pərˈsɛfəniː/ in modern English; also called Kore) was the Queen of the Underworld, the korē (or young maiden), and a daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Persephone had a double function as a chthonic and vegetation goddess. In the Olympian version, she becomes the consort of Hades when he becomes the deity that governs the underworld. She is also the symbol of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and the power of which withdraws into the earth at other seasons of the year. In the myth when Hades abducted her in the underworld, her mother Demeter caused a terrible drought and Zeus allowed her to return to her mother, but she was obliged to spend one season annually in the underworld. Her central myth was the context of the secret initiatory mysteries rites in the Eleusinian mysteries where she was worshipped alongside with her mother Demeter. These mysteries promised to the participants a reward in the future life.
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