Hades or Pluto, the god of underworld, was son of the Titans Saturn and Rhea. He had three older sisters, Hestia, Demeter and Hera, as well as two younger brothers, Poseidon and Zeus.
He married Persephone, Demeter’s beloved daughter, after he abducted her, dazzled by her unparalleled beauty.
According to the legend, when Titanomachy took place, the three brothers received from the Cyclops the weapons that would help them in the battle between the gods. Zeus received the thunderbolt, Poseidon a trident, and Hades a helmet made invisible anyone who wore it. The war lasted 10 years and ended with the victory of the younger gods. After the victory, the three brothers casted a lot to determine the kingdoms they would rule, and Hades took over the underworld, the invisible kingdom where the dead went as soon as they left the earthly world.
The dead entered the lower world by crossing the river Acheron, with the boat of Charon.
The latter, according to mythology, charged an obol (a silver coin) for the passage, so the relatives of the dead, in antiquity, used to place that price under the tongue of the deceased. The destitute and those who did not have friends are said to have remained forever on the riverside.
The other side was guarded by Cerberus, a dog with three heads. Beyond Cerberus, the shadows of the deceased came to Tartarus, the land of the dead.
Hades ruled the dead, with the help of demons, on whom he had absolute authority. He strictly forbade his subordinates to leave his region and got angry if someone tried to escape, which means to come back to life.
His symbol is the pitchfork, a two-point weapon that represented life and death.
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