Role in Mythology
Persephone would travel the world with her mother, Demeter. One day, she stopped to admire a flower. While she was doing this, Hades came and kidnapped her, taking her to the Underworld. Demeter searched all over the world looking for her, causing all of the plants to die. When the lack of plants began to cause famine, Zeus agreed to force Hades to return Persephone to her mother. Before Persephone was released, she ate some of the pomegranate seeds in the the Underworld, forcing her to stay several months with Hades, and the rest of the year with her mother. The time when she is in the Underworld is what causes the plants to die in winter and fall, and return during the spring when she is released.