Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld. She is the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the shades, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. She was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. Nature itself still mourns for this injustice, thus vegetation shoots forth in the spring when Persephone is allowed to roam the surface of the earth along her mother Demeter, but withdraws into the earth after harvest when Persephone returns back to her husband’s subterranean kingdom. Persephone is widely worshipped along with Demeter, and with the same mysteries.