Myths can give expression to a culture's ideas about death. Characters in Greek myths sometimes enter the underworld, the kingdom of the god Hades. Heroes may go there seeking advice or prophecies from the dead.
Persephone, Demeter's daughter, was carried to the underworld by Hades, who fell in love with her.
Her myth explains the seasons: plants grow and bear fruit while Persephone is aboveground with her mother but wither and die during the months she spends with Hades.
The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice explores the finality of death and the tempting possibility of a reunion with loved ones who have died.
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