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Fiery-Fire

Toronto, Canada

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The Myth of Persephone
Persephone, a Greek goddess known in her childhood by the name Kore (or Cora, meaning young maiden), was the only child of the union of Demeter (goddess of the bountiful harvest) and Zeus, the mighty king of the Olympians.
As signs of womanly beauty began to shine along side her childlike innocence, the adolescent goddess Persephone unwittingly attracted the attention of the Greek god Hades, brother of Zeus and ruler of the underworld.
The god Hades, however, did not bother to woo the young Persephone. After asking for (and receiving) her father’s approval for Persephone’s hand in marriage, Hades simply abducted her one bright sunny day when she stooped to pluck a narcissus from a field of wildflowers near her home. The meadow was suddenly rent open, and Hades simply reached out and snatched Persephone away, taking her to his underworld kingdom and making her his queen.
Her mother, the goddess Demeter, had heard Persephone’s screams when Hades grabbed her. She began an intensive search for Persephone. After learning how Zeus had betrayed their daughter, and consumed by grief and sorrow, Demeter demonstrated her outrage by withholding her blessing from the earth until Persephone was returned to her. Droughts ensued, and the earth lay barren. Mankind was facing a major famine. Zeus finally relented and sent the god Hermes to bring the young goddess Persephone back to her mother. Since Persephone, grew to love Hades and also ate the 7 seeds from the pomegranate offered to her by the god of underworld, she knew full well that anyone who had eaten while in the underworld would not be allowed to return, even a goddess.
Hermes to keep all at peace and save human kind from starvation, striked a deal with Hades and Demeter. Persephone would stay for six months with her mother and for six months with her husband. Every time Demeter welcomes her daughter back from underworld we have the season of Spring. And when Persephone goes back to the underworld – Demeter mood changes and autumn and winter soon follow.

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