The life after death
Hades is the god of The Underworld and it's name too - the realm of the dead. It was divided in seperate areas, including the Asphodel Meadows, where those who were neither good nor evil souls were sent, the Elysian fields where the souls of the heroes and the good people were sent and Tartar, where the evil souls were tortured. In Hades there were five main rivers - Acheron (sorrow), Cocytus (lamentation), Styx (hate), Lethe (forgetfulness) and Phlegethon (fire). On funerals, in the mouths of the deceased was put a tiny coin, called obol, so that they can pay the ferryman Charon who can help them cross the river Styx. Because of carelessness or poverty some people couldn't afford a coin and the souls of the dead couldn't cross the river. On the other side of the river they had to face Cerberus, the three-headed dog of Hades. After that they could be judged. Most of the souls decided to drink of the water of Lethe, so that they can forget about their life on earth.


Demeter
Child of Chronos and Rhea, Demeter was one of the twelve Gods of Olympia. She was the goddess of fertility and crops and was often portraited with flowers, fruit or grain. As a mother of Persephonus, she was honored at the time of the Eleusinian Mysteries - secret rituals, celebrating the beggining of the spring and the arrival of Persephonus on Earth. Those mysteries meant the end of Demeter's search for her daughter. It is said that she taught the ancient greeks cultivating grain and developing their civilization.
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