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John Zenus

on 24 October 2014

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Transcript of Persephone

She was a goddess. The queen of the underworld, also the goddess of spring growth.
Her mother was Demeter,her father was Zeus.
Wife of the god Haides. Sister of Areion, Despoine, Eubouleus, Khrysothemis, Korybas, Philomelos-Bootes, and Ploutos.
Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring's bounty. When she was playing in a flowery meadow with her Nymph companions, she was seized by Haides and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her dissappearance and searched for her the throughout the world accompanied by the goddess Hekate bearing torches. When she learned that Zeus had planned her daughter's abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus gave permission, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides, a handful of pomegranate seeds, she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.
Persephone was represented or drawn as a young goddess holding sheafs of grain and a flaming torch.
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