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Hades

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Roman Name: Pluto

Pronunciation: HAY deez  

Job: God of the Underworld
Symbol: Invisibility Mask, Scepter
Birth: A child of Kronos and Rheia. Lived inside Kronos's stomach
Marriage: Persephone
Children: None to name

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Interesting Stories about Hades:
 
Hades had the riches of the earth, and is  referred to as 'the Rich One'. Of all the gods, Hades is the one who is liked the least and even the gods try and avoid him. To sacrifice to Hades, people would sacrificed a black sheep, then let blood  drip into a pit. When they prayed to him, they would bang their hands on the ground. 

Hades rarely left the underworld but one time he went to earth and captured Persephone when she was playing in the fields with her mother Demeter. He appeared from under the ground in his chariot and grabbed her and took her away to the underworld. Demeter wanted her daughter back and she tried to get Zeus to tell Hades to return Persephone to her. Zeus agreed that Hades should return Persephone to Demeter. Persephone was about to leave the underworld when she ate pomegranate seeds, which is the food of the dead. Zeus then ruled that for every seed Persephone had eaten, she would have to spend one month in the underworld, so during that period of time when Persephone is in the underworld, Demeter grieves for her daughter and stops giving food and color to the world, and we get winter. When Persephone arrives from the underworld, we have spring and summer and fall.

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