While I find myths from different places interesting, I am especially fascinated by Greek mythology. There are a couple myths that are especially interesting to me for different reasons. The story of Persephone. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter. She was kidnapped by Hades and brought down to the underworld. Her mother was so distraught, she put earth to a standstill until she found her. Zeus was tired of the complaints from both people and gods that he forced Hades to return Persephone to her mother. Before she was returned, though, she was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds. The seeds forced her to return to the underworld for a number of months each year. When Persephone was with her mother, it flourished and was full of life. When she was with Hades, the earth was barren and dead. This myth explains how the seasons came about. Also, Persephone is my favorite deity. Come on, she's queen of the Underworld! (That means TWO sets of outfits!) The story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus, a Thracian singer, and Eurydice, a nymph, were married. One day, she was bitten by a snake which killed her. Orpheus was so distraught over her death, he no longer sang or played. He went down to the underworld to try to convince Hades and Persephone to let him take Eurydice back. They were so moved by the music of his lyre, that they agreed. They warned him, though, to walk in front of her and not look back until they have completely left the underworld. Just before they reached the upper world, he broke his promise, and Eurydice was lost. He ended up being dismembered by Thracian maenads, the female worshippers of Dionysus (the god of wine). He was torn to pieces, except for his head, which was cast into a river and floated downstream calling, "Eurydice." After his death, he became an oracle. His head rests on a lyre encrusted with seaweed. I know, this isn't the happiest story in the world, but in a weird way, it's romantic. Nobody would go through that much of a risk and that much tragedy if they didn't truly love the other person. It was clear that Orpheus loved Eurydice very much.