Thursday, January 28, 2016

Demeter Facts: Part 2

Demeter is usually described as the Greek goddess of harvest but she also looks over the sacred law and the life and death cycle. Thus, here are a few more facts about the Greek goddess. I hope that you enjoy.

10. Men called Demeter the “Good Goddess” even with the misery she had conducted as an effect of her pain.

9. Demeter named Triptolemus, a god of farming, as her diplomat to men.

8. She trained Triptolemus and Celeus her holy rituals.

7. In old art, Demeter was depicted equipped with a wreath built of ears of corn.

6. The serpent and the pig were holy creatures to Demeter, the goddess of the harvest.

Check out Mysteries of Demeter: Rebirth of the Pagan Way by Jennifer Reif at Amazon.

Photo via Luis GarcĂ­a
5. The torch is commonly portrayed in relation with Demeter due to her recurrent pursuit for Persephone.

4. The Eleusinian Mysteries were a succession of big but secretive concerts held every five years with Demeter and Persephone as main figures.

3. The Roman equivalent to Demeter is named Ceres.

2. As retribution for slicing down trees in a sacred grove, Demeter placed Aethon, the god of famine, in the stomach of Erysichthon, making Aethon permanently famished.

1. Demeter's birthplace is unknown.

Check out The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter": Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essay by Helene P. Foley at Amazon.

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