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Pluto and Persephone

Definition: Pluto is often considered King of the Underworld. Pluto was a god of riches, which is etymologically connected with Pluto's name. Since mining digs up wealth from under the earth, Pluto came to be associated with the Underworld, and so, probably, Pluto became associated with Hades. This made it possible to refer to a god Pluto ruling a land of the dead called Hades.

The name Pluto is more common in Roman mythology, so it is sometimes said that Pluto is the Roman version of the Greek god Hades.

The astral body in the Kuiper belt, once designated a planet, was named for the god Pluto.

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Also Known As: Hades

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