The beautiful Persephone was the daughter of the earth
goddess Demeter. Demeter taught the people how to plant and how to grow
food so that they may live, and helped them in the gathering of their
harvests. For all that Demeter did for the people they loved her dearly as
they did her daughter Persephone.
Wherever Persephone would go the birds would sing for all that had the breath
of life loved her dearly. It was said that wherever Persephone was their
was light and happiness.
One day Persephone went to collect flowers by the sea. She gathered all
the flowers she could and made a beautiful wreath that she placed in her long
flowing hair. Persephone then gathered as many flowers as she possibly
could in an apron to bring them back to her mother.
Persephone saw a beautiful flower in the distance and decided that she would
go and get it. As she approached the flower she could see that it was the
Narcissus flower. She grasped the flower and tried to pull it out of the
ground. As she pulled the flower an opening in the ground appeared.
opening in the ground became larger and larger and out of it came Pluto god of
the underworld, riding a chariot led by four black horses. He grabbed
Persephone and placed her in the chariot. Persephone's flowers fell from
her apron as Pluto led her into the underworld.
Pluto told Persephone that he
had been very lonely in the underworld and he would take her as his wife,
offering all his riches and power. He took her into his palace and she ate
in hunger even though she knew that whoever ate in the underworld could never
return to the living world.
Persephone wept for her mother as did her mother
for her. Demeter stopped all her tasks in her sadness and lost her beauty
becoming a haggard old woman. The flowers fell from the trees and death
had fallen on the world for the first time. Demeter would no longer help
in the planting nor in the harvesting all she would do is weep.