Demeter In Greek Mythology
Demeter is the Greek Goddess of grain, harvest and fertility. While she is involved in Greek mythology she also has a Roman equivalent who is Ceres. She is mentioned in many Greek tales and was very popular among the Greeks, as she very well should be because she was after all the one who taught them how to plant and reap crops. Not only is this Goddess a Goddess of harvest but she was also able to control the seasons.
Demeter is one of the twelve Olympians. She is the sibling of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Hades. However they aren't the only family she has. She was also a mother to many. Her daughter Persephone is one of the best known ones, she's also the daughter of Zeus. Then she had two other children with Zeus called Zagreus and Despoina. She also had a child with Poseidon that is named Arion. Two of her children Plutus and Philomelus shared the same father which is Iasion. She then had one last child by the name of Eubolus with Carmanor.
There is quite a story behind her and Persephone. As most know, Persephone was taken by Hades and imprisoned in the underworld, she then became the Goddess of the underworld. Demeter was so upset by this that she then started to destroy life by effecting the seasons. It is because of this that Zeus sent Hermes down to get her but not before Hades tricked her and was eventually forced to spend six months of the year in Hades. Therefore Winter was formed.
Modern Day In Paganism
Demeter may have been a Greek Goddess so many years ago but she still has followers to this very day. Pagans still follow her at times, they look at her as being their Crone Goddess. I actually did not know much about Demeter until recently and I find her story to be of strength. After all, what mother would be able to deal with their daughter being so far away from them in Hades? Not many. It's understandable why she'd get so upset over that. Though I still look at her story as a story of strength and bravery.
Yes she is best known to be the Goddess of the harvest, grains and fertility but that's not all she was to the Greeks. She was also considered to be the preserver of marriage and sacred law. Not just that though. She was also thought to be the Goddess of the healthy cycle best known as life and death.
Demeter is a nourisher of the youth and of the green Earth, so therefore Earth is very important to her. Of coarse nothing was ever more important to her than her children.
I hope to learn more about Demeter. I am, after all, a huge fan of Greek Mythology and am actually surprised I didn't really know more about her before. I think that is because she's not one that schools often teach us about. Hopefully that will change with the years to come.
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