The best-known story of the Demeter Goddess is also starring her daughter Persephone and the underworld god Hades, known as the lord of the dead. According to the myth, one day the beautiful Persephone was picking flowers when she was spotted by Hades.
Influenced by Cupid's arrow, Hades falls deeply in love with her and decides to kidnap her to take him into the underworld. There, he offers a pomegranate (legend has it that anyone who eats a fruit from the depths cannot return to the world) and marries her.
Desperate for her daughter's disappearance, Demeter plunged into a sadness so intense that it made the land infertile again, the trees gave no more fruit and the herbs in the field dried up. In this way, the world was covered by endless winter, where cold and misery killed entire populations.
The suffering on earth came to an end only when the Goddess Demeter finally discovered the whereabouts of her beloved Persephone. However, Hades did not give up his great love easily. In fact, Demeter and the lord of the dead had to make a deal so that the goddess could have her daughter in her arms again.