Hades : The God Of The Underworld And The Dead

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Hades: The god of the Underworld and the dead
Introduction:
Hades or Polydegmon, which means ‘’ the unseen’’ and ‘’ host of many guests’’ respectively was the Greek god of the underworld and the dead in ancient Greece. Hades’ adopted Roman name was Pluto which literally means wealth and riches because the hidden wealth of the Earth. Hades is a third generation god and the offspring of the Titans Rhea and Cronus. Hades’ did not live on Mount Olympus with the other Olympians but rather in the Underworld to look after the souls of the dead with his wife Persephone. Zeus, the ruler of Olympus and the king of the gods and Poseidon, the god of the sea were Hades’ younger brothers. After their defeat of the Titans, the three brothers drew lots to determine who would reign the three territories of the Earth. Zeus drew the sky, Poseidon drew the sea and that left Hades with the underworld. In a myth, Hades kidnapped Persephone and tricked her into staying in the underworld by eating a pomegranate. Eating anything in the underworld guaranteed one into staying there for eternity, thus making it my product.
Background:
In the beginning, Gaea was formed out of Chaos, a deep pit in the underworld. She later made Uranus, the god of the sky and mated with him to make the Cyclopes, Giants and finally, the titans. The youngest of the titans, Cronus overthrew his father Uranus and started a family with his sister Rhea. Together, they had Hestia the goddess of the hearth, Demeter the goddess…

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