HADES X PERSEPHONE, king and queen of the underworld; (1/5) OTPs.
Persephone, a Greek goddess known in her childhood by the name Kore (tr. the young maiden), was the only child of the union of Demeter - goddess of the bountiful harvest - and Zeus, the mighty king of the Olympians. As signs of womanly beauty began to shine along side her childlike innocence, the adolescent goddess Persephone unwittingly attracted the attention of the Greek god Hades, brother of Zeus and ruler of the underworld.
The god Hades, however, did not bother to woo the young Persephone, but simply abducted her one day when she was gathering flowers with the Oceanids along with Artemis and Athena from a field. The meadow was suddenly rent open, and Hades simply reached out and snatched Persephone away, taking her to his underworld kingdom and making her his queen. Although the young goddess Persephone grew to love Hades, she remained lonely for her mother and the life she’d known on earth.
Her mother began an intensive search for Persephone. After learning how Zeus had betrayed their daughter, and consumed by grief and sorrow, Demeter demonstrated her outrage by withholding her blessing from the earth until Persephone was returned to her. Droughts ensued, and the earth lay barren. Mankind was facing a major famine. Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone.
Hades complied and Persephone was released by Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, but because she had tasted food in the underworld - pomegranate seeds from Hades - she was obliged to spend a third of each year (the winter months) there, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above.
Each year as Persephone left to join her husband in the underworld, Greek mythology tells us that the goddess Demeter would begin to grieve, bringing on the cold, barren winters. But a few months later Persephone, the goddess associated with awakening, would return to bring spring and its verdant growth in her wake. Thus were the seasons established.