February Festival: Charistia
God of Wealth
God of the Dead
Ruler of the Underworld
Chief Judge of the Underworld
The Dis Pater was only a translation of Plouton (Pluto) is Giver of Wealth or Rich Father. The name was understood as referring to "the boundless riches of the earth, both the crops on its surface (seeds of the crops)—he was originally a god of the land—and the mines hidden within it. As the God of Wealth; he is the giver of gold, silver, and other subterranean substances. Because these "gifts" were mined, Pluto became recognized as the God of the physical and spiritual underworld and thus death.
He is usually represented in an ebony chariot, drawn by his four black horses, Orphnaeus, Aethon, Nycteus, and Alastor. As God of the Dead, keys were the ensigns of his authority, because there is no possibility of returning when the gates of his realm are locked. Sometimes he holds a scepter, to symbolize his power with which he directs the movements of his subject ghosts. His helmet has the power to render the wearer complete invisible and sends wave of fear and panic to their opponents. Perseus used a replica of this helmet when he cut off Medusa's head.
Although Pluto stay in the Underworld most of the time, he does visit the land of living for a change scene and love affair or two. On visit he encounter the beautiful Persephone. He went to Lord Zeus for her hand in marriage because Lord Zeus is Persephone's father. Zeus, staying neutral as possible, did not agree for the marriage nor he disagree with the idea of the marriage between Hades and Persephone. Hades forget to tell Lady Demeter, Goddess of Agriculture, his sister and Persephone's overbearing mother, about the marriage. Persephone gather flowers on a plain in Sicily. Hades made her his queen and the consequence of the their marriage result in the change seasons.