“Demeter [the goddess of agriculture] had one daughter, Persephone, whom she adored. One day as she was picking flowers, Persephone wandered away from her companions and Hades rode out of from the earth and abducted her. In her heartbreak, Demeter laid a curse on earth that caused every plant to wither until Persephone was returned to Earth. However, while in the underworld, her daughter had eaten a pomegranate, which forced her back to Hades every year. Nonetheless, Persephone was allowed to remain with Demeter for eight months of a year even if she had to spend the other four in the underworld. This then is the reason why the earth was barren in winter - Demeter was sorrowing for her lost daughter”.