PERSE­PHONE AND THE POME­GRAN­ATE SEEDS

Chat It's Fate - - True-life -

S eeds are cen­tral to one of the most fa­mous Greek myths, which is a para­ble that ex­plains the four sea­sons of the year. Deme­ter, god­dess of the har­vest, had a beau­ti­ful daugh­ter, Perse­phone. One day, Perse­phone went missing. Dis­traught, Deme­ter searched ev­ery­where for her, but to no avail. The land with­ered and died as she mourned her lost child. Even­tu­ally, Deme­ter re­ceived word that the god of the Un­der­world, Hades, had fallen in love with Perse­phone and kid­napped her, whisk­ing her away to his dark un­der­ground lair. He’d tried to per­suade her to eat and drink, as con­sum­ing food in the spirit world would keep her there for­ever, but she’d re­fused to touch a morsel. Deme­ter begged her brother Zeus, king of the gods, to make Hades re­lease her daugh­ter. Zeus agreed – but he re­vealed that a hun­gry Perse­phone had, in fact, con­sumed six seeds from a juicy red pome­gran­ate. He de­creed that she could re­main with her mother for six months each year, but must re­turn to her hus­band for the re­main­ing six months. So, each year when Perse­phone re­turns to her mother, she brings spring and sum­mer with her. But Deme­ter mourns when she leaves for the Un­der­world, and cold and dark­ness stalk the land once more.

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