In Greek MythologyMonday, 5 March, 2012
The Pomegranate is a featured symbol in the Abduction of Persephone.
Greek mythology says that Hades took her off to be his wife and live in underworld.
Demeter, Persephone’s mother, goddess of the Harvest, mourned for her lost daughter. With the effect, all the green things stopped to grow on Earth. To save the Earth, Zeus sought Hades to give Persephone back.
The rule of the Fates said that the person who eats food or drink in the Underworld was destined to spend eternity there. Though Persephone ate nothing, Hades made her eat six pomegranate seeds. Thus, she was doomed to spend six months in Underworld in a year.
Now for the six months, when Persephone sits on the throne of Underworld with her husband Hades, her mother Demeter mourns. This time, the earth has no fertility. Thus, the ancient Greek tradition explains the seasons.
The pomegranate also invokes the existence of Aegean Triple Goddess who developed into the Olympian Hera. Olympian Hera is at times symbolized offering the pomegranate.
Persephone was a goddess of planting seeds and making nature grow. Then she had been abducted by Hades and brought into the underworld. While she was away, the nature died, nothing grew.
The other gods and goddesses found out where she was and forced Hades to bring her back to the world. Before she was released, Hades gave her some pomegranate seeds, which she ate. Those were magic pomegranate seeds and she was cursed that way to come back to the underworld for a whole season every year.
It is a story that explains the seasons..