How Winter Came to Be

Today, I want to share one of my absolute favorite topics: Greek Mythology. Like I said, random.

Greek Mythology is something I’ve always been fascinated with and would love to write more about it. One of my favorite myths is the myth of how winter happens, also known as Persephone’s kidnapping.

Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of the Harvest. Demeter didn’t want anyone to take her daughter away from her so she hid Persephone from the rest of the gods on earth.

One day, while Persephone was walking in the fields, Hades, god of the Underworld, saw her and fell instantly in love with her and wanted her to himself. He rode up to the mortal world, grabbed her and brought her back to the Underworld to make her his bride.

Demeter, upon discovering her daughter missing, she fell into a deep depression and abandoned all of her duties on earth. The land became barren and cold, crops didn’t grow and the land began to die. Seeing the land become barren, Zeus sent the rest of the gods on a hunt for Persephone.

They found her in the Underworld, and Zeus commanded Hades to give her back. He agreed but not before feeding her four pomegranate seeds. In Mythology, you can not leave the underworld if you eat food from the underworld. Since she ate the seeds, she has to return to the Underworld four months out of the year.

During those four months, Demeter falls back into her depression and abandons her duties for those four months, creating winter. After the four months, Persephone returns, making her the goddess of spring and flowers.

 

I hope you guys liked learning something new, I’ll be posting more myths every now and then.

Thanks for reading!