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.