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In systematized theology, Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus by whom she became the mother of Persephone.
In Demeter's honor as a goddess of marriage, women in Athens, and other centers in Greece, celebrated the feast of Thesmophoria (from her epithet Thesmophoros, "she of the regular customs").
In ancient art, Demeter was often portrayed (sitting) as a solemn woman, often wearing a wreath of braided ears of corn.
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 Mythography | The Greek Goddess Demeter in Myth and Art
Perhaps the most poignant of these myths is the so-called Homeric Hymn to Demeter, in which the story of the goddess and the loss of her daughter Persephone is told.
In addition to the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, another intriguing tale that involves the goddess of fertility is her affair with the mortal Iasion.
According to the version told by the poet Hesiod, Demeter and the hero "coupled with passion on a field plowed three times, in the rich soil of Crete." Apparently, this legendary liaison with Iasion was quite a fruitful one, for Demeter became pregnant and eventually bore her human lover a son named Plutus.
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  Demeter, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com
Demeter, whose nurse was Eirene 1 (Peace), is the goddess of fertility, and the mother of the corn.
Demeter's darkest moment came when Hades carried off her daughter Persephone while she was gathering flowers and took her to the Underworld; for then Demeter went about seeking her all over the earth with torches by night and day.
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  Demeter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Potnia ("mistress" in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter)
In honor of Demeter of Mysia a seven-day festival was held at Pellené in Arcadia (Pausan.
Demeter was unable to complete the ritual because his mother Metanira walked in and saw her son in the fire and screamed in fright, which angered Demeter, who lamented that foolish mortals do not understand the concept and ritual.
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 DEMETER - LoveToKnow Article on DEMETER   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At Eleusis, Demeter was venerated as the introducer of all the blessings which agriculture brings in its trainfixed dwelling-places, civil order, marriage and a peaceful life; hence her name Thesinophoros, the bringer of law and order, and the festival Tizesmophoria (q.v.).
Demeter also appears as a goddess of health, of birth and of marriage; and a certain number of political and ethnic titles is assigned to her.
The attributes of Demeter are chiefly connected with her character as goddess of agriculture and vegetationears of corn, the poppy, the mystic basket (calathus) filled with flowers, corn and fruit of all kinds, the pomegranate being especially common.
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 Demeter - MSN Encarta
Demeter, in Greek mythology, goddess of grain and the harvest, and daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
In her joy at being reunited with her daughter, Demeter caused the earth to bring forth bright spring flowers and abundant fruit and grain for the harvest.
Demeter and Persephone were worshiped in the rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
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Demeter taught mankind the arts of agriculture: sowing seeds, ploughing, harvesting, etc. She was especially popular with rural folk, those who most benefited directly from her assistance.
While Demeter was searching for her daughter, having taken the form of an old woman called Doso, she received a hospitable welcome from Celeus, the King of Eleusis in Attica (and also Phytalus).
Demeter was identified with Gaia, Cybele and Rhea.
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 Demeter - A World Apart
Demeter, as stated in the Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2002, was the goddess of grain and the harvest, and daughter of the Titans Cronus and Rhea.
Thus was Demeter known as Ceres in the Roman culture, the goddess of agriculture.
It was believed that the tale of Demeter's search through the underworld for her daughter Persephone, which was probably enacted at the initiation, was related to the seeking after immortality and happiness in a future world, the presumed purpose of the ceremonies.
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 Chapter 49. Ancient Deities of Vegetation as Animals. § 2. Demeter, the Pig and the Horse. Frazer, Sir James ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The pig was sacred to her; in art she was portrayed carrying or accompanied by a pig; and the pig was regularly sacrificed in her mysteries, the reason assigned being that the pig injures the corn and is therefore an enemy of the goddess.
It was said that in her search for her daughter, Demeter assumed the form of a mare to escape the addresses of Poseidon, and that, offended at his importunity, she withdrew in dudgeon to a cave not far from Phigalia in the highlands of Western Arcadia.
The Black Demeter, in whose absence the fruits of the earth perish, is plainly a mythical expression for the bare wintry earth stripped of its summer mantle of green.
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 Demeter, Greek Goddess of The Bountiful Harvest   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Demeter was thought to be responsible for the fertility of the land.
When Demeter continued her journey in search of her daughter, she met an old and poor man who was gathering firewood who invited her to return to his home to eat supper with his family and to rest on her journey.
Demeter was not pleased that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds and would have to return to the underworld for four months during each year, but was otherwise overjoyed to be reunited with her daughter.
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 Demeter / Ceres
Demeter and Kore ("the maiden") are usually invoked as to theo ('"The Two Goddesses"), and they appear in that form in Linear B graffiti at Mycenaean Pylos in pre-Hellenic times.
When Demeter was given a genealogy, she was the daughter of Cronos and Rhea, and therefore the elder sister of Zeus.
Demeter taught mankind the arts of agriculture: sowing seeds, ploughing, harvesting, etc. She was especially popular with rural folk, partly because they most benefited directly from her assistance, and partly because rural folk are more conservative about keeping to the old ways.
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Demeter is rarely mentioned by Homer, nor is she included among the Olympian gods, but the roots of her legend are probably ancient.
The influence of Demeter, however, was not limited to grain but extended to vegetation generally and to all the fruits of the earth, except the bean (the latter being the province of the hero Cyamites).
Another important aspect of Demeter was that of a divinity of the underworld; she was worshiped as such at Sparta, and especially at the festival of Chthonia at Hermione in Argolis, where a cow was sacrificed by four old women.
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 Demeter and Persephone   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Demeter lived in the mountainous island of Sicily and was known as the protector of the fields.
Demeter then scolded her for being so cruel as to not let her finish the transformation, but stated that, nonetheless, the infant would be a useful son.
Demeter was not a very forgiving goddess (who could blame her) and still to this day, she allows the earth to go barren during those months in which Persephone resides with her husband.
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Modern Demeters are beginning to realize that their own earth has been ravaged and they are becoming so aware of the violation that they are trying to do something about it, not only for themselves but for their Persephones, their own biological daughters and psychological daughters.
Demeter found refuge in the palace of the king of Eleusis, Keleos, and as a mark of gratitude, she founded a temple there.
Demeter caused all of the plants on the Earth to die, and fearing humankind would also die and there would then be nobody to make sacrifices to the gods, interceded with Hades, and forced him to return Persephone to Demeter.
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 Mother Goddesses
Rhea was responsible for the reconciliation between her children, Zeus and Demeter, giving assurance that Persephone would spend two-third of a year with her mother Demeter, and only one third with her husband Hades in Erebus (Underworld).
Demeter told Metaneira that she would teach Celeus and the men of Eleusis the rites to honour her and her daughter Persephone, known as the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Demeter was known as the corn mother, while her daughter was the corn spirit.
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The weeping Demeter searched and searched through the fields, crying out for the daughter who was so close as to seem her very self, her childhood, her gentle youth.
But flowers and grasses soon faded, for Demeter was the source of all growth; as she mourned, the goddess withdrew her energy from the plants, which began to wilt and shrivel.
Demeter stayed on in Eleusis, however, often sitting sadly by a well as she wept for the loss of her beloved daughter.
www.hranajanto.com /goddessgallery/demeter.html   (834 words)

 CULT OF DEMETER & KORE 1 : Ancient Greek religion
Demeter was usually worshipped in conjunction with her daughter Kore (or Persephone), goddess of the underworld and the spring growth.
At Alimos is a sanctuary of Demeter Thesmophoros (Lawgiver) and of Kore (the Maid), and...
Before the temple stand a few statues of the women who have served Demeter as her priestess, and on passing inside you see seats on which the old women wait for the cows to be driven in one by one, and images, of no great age, of Athena and Demeter.
www.theoi.com /Cult/DemeterCult.html   (3909 words)

 DEMETER : Greek goddess of agriculture & grain ; mythology ; pictures : CERES
Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and and a torch.
Demeter was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and sister of Hestia, Hera, Aides, Poseidon, and Zeus.
The mythus of Demeter and her daughter embodies the idea, that the productive powers of the earth or nature rest or are concealed during the winter season; the goddess (Demeter and Persephone, also called Cora, are here identified) then rules in the depth of the earth mournful, but striving upwards to the all-animating light.
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Demeter is the godess of corn, grain, and the harvest.
Demeter is the goddess of the earth, of agriculture, and of fertility in general.
In her anger at her daughter's loss Demeter laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, the land became desolate.
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 Demeter and Eleusis: The Myth
Demeter anoints the baby Demopho(o)n every evening with ambrosia, and puts the baby in the fire of the hearth to burn away its mortality.
Demeter drops the child in surprise, resumes her divine form, and rebukes Metaneira for interfering with divine secrets which would have made the baby immortal.
Demeter teaches King Celeus' son TRIPTOLEMUS to cultivate wheat (there is a sacred field of grain at Eleusis, the Riarian Field).
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 Demeter help – Wiki at Help.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
She is invoked as the "bringer of seasons" in the Homeric hymn, a subtle sign that she was worshiped long before the Olympians arrived.
Demeter is easily confused with Gaia or Rhea, and with Cybele.
Demeter and Kore ("the maiden") are usually invoked as to theo ('"The Two Goddesses"), and they appear in that form in Linear B graffiti at Mycenaean Pylos in pre-classical times.
www.help.com /wiki/Demeter   (310 words)

 Demeter - Crystalinks
Demeter (or Demetra) (DEH-MEH-ter) ("mother-goddess" or perhaps "distribution-mother") is the Greek goddess of agriculture, the pure nourisher of youth and the green earth, the health-giving cycle of life and death, and preserver of marriage and the sacred law.
Demeter taught mankind the arts of agriculture: sowing seeds, ploughing, harvesting, etc. She was especially popular with rural folk, partly because they most benefited directly from her assistance, and partly because rural folk are more conservative about keeping to the old ways.
The central myth of Demeter, which is at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries is her relationship with Persephone, her daughter and own younger self.
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