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Hades : Greek Mythology

Sir Dig-a-lot | 7-14 yrs | Interactive, Reading Pod

Hades the Greek God of the Underworld

“The other night you told me about Hercules in Greek mythology. I want to learn more about Greek mythology,” said Rohan.

“Let me tell you about Hades tonight, the God of the dead. He is considered the gatekeeper of the underworld. That was where people went after they died, according to Greek mythology.”

“People did not worship Hades but feared him. When the world was being divided by the three sons of Cronos, Zeus took the sky, Poseidon the seas and Hades took the underworld.”

“Hades fell in love with Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, the queen of harvest. He kidnapped her against her will and took her to the underworld. Persephone cried for days but Hades was so deeply in love with her that he wanted her to love him.

Demeter pleaded to Zeus, who sent his son Hermes as a messenger, to strike a deal with Hades. Zeus knew if he didn’t help Demeter would always be sad and the crops would not grow, leaving people starve to death.

Hermes struck a deal that Hades would marry Persephone and she would become the queen of the underworld but after six months Hades would send her back to Demeter. That is why the Greeks believe that Demeter lets flowers bloom to welcome her daughter and when it is time for her to leave, she gets upset and sheds all the flowers.”

“I loved the story. Greek mythology is interesting, much like Indian,” said Rohan.

“It sure is,” concluded Sir Dig-A-Lot.

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