The Reason for Seasons
Ancient Greek Myths for Kids
the king of all the gods, had three sisters.
was both his wife and his sister. Hera was the goddess of marriage and the queen of all the
another of his sisters, was a much loved goddess by the woman of
Greece - Hestia was the goddess of home and hearth.
third sister, Demeter,
was in charge of the harvest. All the gods jobs were important.
But Demeter's job was very important. If she was upset, the
crops could die. Everyone, gods and mortals alike, worked hard to keep
Demeter happy. What made her happy was enjoying the company of her
the story goes ....
grown into a beautiful young woman, with a smile for everyone.
One day, while picking flowers in the fields, Hades, her uncle,
the god of the underworld, noticed her.
Hades was normally a
gloomy fellow. But Persephone’s
beauty had dazzled him. He fell in love instantly. Quickly,
before anyone could interfere, he kidnapped Persephone and
hurled his chariot down into the darkest depths of the
underworld, taking Persephone with him.
in a room in the Hall of Hades, Persephone cried and cried. She
refused to speak to Hades. And
she refused to eat. Legend said if you ate anything in
Hades, you could never leave. She did not know if the legend was
true, but she did not want to risk it in case someone came to
a week went by. Finally, unable to bear her hunger, Persephone
ate six pomegranate seeds. It seemed her fate was sealed. She
would have to live in the Underworld forever.
back on earth, Demeter
was miserable. She missed her daughter. She was not able to care for the
crops. She was not able to do anything much except cry.
Zeus, king of all the
gods, was worried about the crops. The people
would die if the crops failed. If
that happened, who would worship Zeus? He had to do something.
Zeus did what he often did. He sent Hermes, his youngest son,
the messenger, to crack a deal, this time with Hades.
as a baby, Hermes was great at making deals. Everyone knew that.
But this deal might be the challenge of his life. His uncle
Hades, king of the underworld, was really in love. This was no
Hermes heard that Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds, he
had to think quickly. The deal he made with Hades was that if
Persephone would marry Hades, she would live as queen of the
underworld for six months out of the year. However, each spring,
Persephone would return and live on earth for the other six
months of the year. Hades agreed. Zeus agreed. Persephone
agreed. And finally, Demeter agreed.
spring, Demeter makes sure all the flowers bloom in welcome when
her daughter, Queen of the Underworld, returns to her.
Each fall, when Persephone returns to Hades, Demeter cries, and
lets all the crops die until spring, when the cycle starts
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