Welcome to my new internet home! To kick things off we’re bringing back Immortal Monday. And who better to reboot our favorite series than the overseer of life everlasting himself – Hades.
“The first step to eternal life, is you have to die.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk
Collect 10,000+ souls and leave life behind, you’re in the underworld – Hades domain. Hades was the Greek god of the dead and the dying, and today’s topic on #ImmortalMonday. As the god of death he oversaw funeral rituals and rites. He maintained the underworld, caring for those that had passed on, making sure they stayed where they belonged. Nothing chapped his hid more than escapees. And don’t get him started on people who attempted to steal souls from his domain.
~Ruler of the Underworld~
The eldest of Cronus’ sons, Hades was brother to Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera. As a powerful fighter, he played an important role in the long war against Cronus. The war would eventually put his brother, Zeus, in the leading position of power. The brothers divided the ruling domains between them, Hades gaining control of one third of the share.
At the end of the siege they took the skies, the seas and the underworlds. The land was left for Gaia to rule. Who got what domain was decided by the luck of the draw. As a result, Hades became the keeper of the dead. He was often feared despite being a just god. He never took life that wasn’t meant for the underworld and he believed in keeping balance more so than collecting numbers.
~Hades the Lover~
Although an Olympian, Hades chose to spend most of his time within his domain, a lonely place. He wanted a bride. The answer was Persephone. Their story has become a rather famous one. He tricked Persephone into the underworld and when her mother, Demeter, found out, she was furious – casting famine upon the earth in retaliation. Demeter refused to relent until Persephone was returned to her.
Zeus was forced to intervene for the sake of humankind and Hades agreed to allow Persephone to visit with her mother. Except Hades tricked Persephone into eating the pomegranate seed before she was allowed to leave. In so doing she bound herself to the underworld for 1/3 of the year. It was a term her mother begrudgingly agreed to. Thus, Persephone’s time with Hades became known as winter, when her mother, Demeter, mourned the absence of her daughter.
~Hades favorite accessories~
Cerberus – his pet three-headed dog .
The Helm of Darkness – A helmet that granted the wearer invisibility given to him by the Cyclops.
The bident – Similar to Poseidon’s trident, only a two-pronged tool. Much like a pitchfork.
A chariot ‒ pulled by four black horses. Doesn’t everyone travel in such style?
Interesting fact: After taking on the responsibility of the underworld, it was actually named for Hades. Divided into two regions, the upper region is known as Erebus and the lower, Tartarus, where the Titans were imprisoned. Several symbolic rivers are known to run through the lower region. They are: the river of sadness, the Acheron, the river of lamentation, the Cocytus, the river of forgetfulness, Lethe, the river of fire, the Phlegethon, and the river of hate, Styx. That last one makes you look at the band from our youth a little differently, doesn’t it?
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The relationship of Hades and Persephone have inspired many stories through the ages. He took her by force, but did she come to love him? A while back we discussed Meg Cabot’s take on this little bit of mythology. Sign up to follow this new blog location and comment any time before midnight on Friday and you’ll be entered to win a copy of her book Abandon. What would Hades and Persephone be like today?
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Surprise on me. As I kick off the re-installment of Immortal Monday, my husband is beside me, sick as a dog. My kids have another day without school. Bare with me as comment response and interaction will continue to be a challenge with the entire family home and begging for my attention. 😉