Demeter and Persephone
By: Carlee Cline
Background for Demeter
Background for Persephone
How Persephone Became The Goddess of The Underworld
Demeter tore herself apart looking for Persephone. She ran into villages asking they've seen a girl running through. I wasn't until Helios, the sun god, told her that Hades took her that she knew where Persephone had went.
Demeter furiously went into the Underworld demanding for her daughter back. Zeus let the mother and daughter be united until it was pointed out that Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds in the Underworld causing her to have to stay in the Underworld for a third of every year.
Demeter was sad for that third of the year and that is what causes winter. When Persephone is returned, the seasons are happy and flourishing.
Hades promised Persephone that she would be in good hands while in the Underworld.
"… I shall be no unfitting husband for you among the deathless gods, that am own brother to father Zeus. And while you are here, you shall rule all that lives and moves and shall have the greatest rights among the deathless gods: those who defraud you and do not appease your power with offerings, reverently performing rites and paying fit gifts, shall be punished for evermore." (Homeric Hymn to Demeter 363).
Demeter and The Small Prince
One of the queen's attendants found her doing this and cried out. This made Demeter furious and she stopped what she was doing and cried out.
"Witless are you mortals … For I would have made your son deathless and unaging all his days, but now he can in no way escape death …" (Homeric Hymn to Demeter 256).
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