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Monogamy, Polygamy
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As Proserpina (also called Persephone), the daughter of Demeter, was gathering fiowers with her playmates in a meadow, the earth opened and Pluto, the god of the underworld, appeared and forcibly carried off Proserpina to be his queen in Hades. Her mother went ab out all the world seeking her daughter, and when she could not find her, she forbade the earth to bring forth any crops of the field; nothing grew, not even grass, and all animals and mankind would have starved if Jupiter had not commanded Pluto to return Proserpina to her mother. This was celebrated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, a celebrated Greek festival.