DEMETER


Demeter was the goddess of many things. Here are a few:
  • AGRICULTURE - Use of: Farmers; Ploughing, Sowing and Harvesting grain;Vegetable-gardens
    Favour: Bountiful harvest; Fertile earth;
    Curse: Crop failure; Hunger and Starvation


  • HORTICULTURE-Use of: Fruit-orchards
    Favour: Bountiful harvest


  • MILLING-Use of: Flour-mills; Flour-storesexternal image Demeter.gifexternal image draft_lens1282830module14103902photo_1233737100Demeter.jpg


  • BREAD-Use of: Flour-mills; Flour-stores


  • PIG-FARMING-Use of: Pig-farming


  • MOTHERHOOD-Use of: Mothers; Motherly devotion; Wet-nurses

  • THE BLESSED AFTERLIFE-Use of: Mystery religion (passage to a blessed afterlife)
    Favour: Passage to paradise in death

Demeter was the second eldest of the gods. She had two divine lovers: Zeus and Poseidon.
Demeter is the goddess of fertility and agriculture. She taught people how to sow and plough and that is why she was very popular with the rural population. She is the daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus by whom she became the mother of Persephone. When Persephone was abducted by Hades, the lord of the underworld, Demeter looked around the earth to find her. During that time nothing was growing on earth. Then, Zeus sent Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back and Hades agreed but when the she was leaving the he gave her a pomegranate and when she ate it she was bound to spend a third of the year with her husband in the infernal regions. For that reason, Demeter lets the earth grow only during the summer that her daughter is with her. The dying and blossoming of nature was connected to Demeter.

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Work Cited: http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/DemeterWrath.html#Erysikhthon
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