Hades/Pluto

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Hades/Pluto

Postby Quintus Aurelius Orcus on Sat Sep 28, 2002 10:38 am

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I'm just curious on how everyone perceives this deity? And at the same time i would like to ask if you agree with this visioen of the Abduction of Persephone. I think we all know the story very well where Hades/Pluto kidnaps Persephone/Proserpina, takes her to the underworld and after eating some food of the underworld(can't remember which one it was), she was forced to stay in the underworld for 6 months and the rest of the year she was with her mother Demeter, explaining the change of seasons.<The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone is the focus
of the story resulting in the division of the seasons, giving us the
sweetness of Spring and the bitterness of Winter. Hades did not woo
the beautiful Persephone, he abducted her and took her to his
underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the
cold blooded king of the underworld but her mother, Demeter, was
consumed with rage and sorrow. She demonstrated her anger by
punishing the earth's inhabitants, gentle and fierce with bitter cold
and blustering winds. Unless Persephone was returned of to her
mother's side, the earth would perish.
Herakles came to the rescue. He entered the kingdom of Hades
and negotiated a compromise between the (usually cold and selfish)
Hades and the (usually loving and caring) Demeter. All agreed that
Persephone would to spend part of the year with her husband, Hades,
and part of the year with her mother, Demeter.
When Persephone is with Hades the earth is wracked by the
sorrow of her mother. But, when Persephone returns from the
underworld to walk the earth again, Demeter pours forth the blessings
of Spring to welcome her beloved daughter home.>
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