Hades: the Ancient Voldemord

Hades: the Ancient Voldemord

There is not much lore about Hades, the God of Death. There is, of course, the myth about the abduction of Dimitra’s daughter, Persephone but because of the God’s nature which involved eternal darkness people feared to even say his name, let along write about him or worship him.

According to Homer, after Zeus granted him the permission, Hades abducted Persephone by luring her with the most beautiful flower that even the Gods envied, a narcissus. When the beautiful virgin reached to take the flower from the flowery field she was playing in, the ground split in half and from the ground ascended the God of Darkness, on his chariot with his immortal horses. He then kidnapped her and took her to the underworld.

After the intervention of Hermes as a messenger for Zeus, Hades compromised with Dimitra and let Persephone live in the World of the Living for one half of the year (which created spring and summer) and in the Underworld for the other half (autumn and winter).

What is not widely known about the God of Death is that even if he chose his wife so arrogantly, abducting her and making her his and all, he wasn’t really faithful after all (probably walking in his big brother’s steps…).

There was a time when the Lord of darkness wished to make Minthis his mistress. Not a wise decision I’d say, since poor Minthis after giving herself to Hades was found by Persephone and Dimitra and was trampled and killed by them. During her torture, Hades didn’t bother to move from his throne to help her but at least he transformed her into a plant that grew for the very first time in the world, on the mountain Minthis of Trifilias: the well-known mint, which is dedicated to the God of darkness.

It should also be noted that through the ages, Hades was renamed Pluto and this time he was not associated solely with doom, he was now the God of abundance. Everything that grew on the ground existed because what was there before was now dead and flowing into the new life.