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  1. Demeter was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and sister to Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera and Hestia.
  2. Demeter is a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and sister of Zeus by whom she became the mother of Persephone. (Web site)
  3. Demeter, the goddess of the crops and harvest, and Zeus, the king of the gods, had a daughter, Persephone.
  4. Demeter was the sister of Zeus and Hades, and one of the most important of goddesses as she was responsible for Agriculture, and all growing things.
  5. Demeter is the goddess of fertility, corn, grain, and the harvest.


  1. Demeter, goddess of compasion, changed her mind and went with the kindly man, stopping only once to gather some poppies by the path. (Web site)
  2. Theocritus remembered an earlier role of Demeter: For the Greeks Demeter was still a poppy goddess Bearing sheaves and poppies in both hands.


  1. So, Zeus decided, that Persephone will spend one third of a year with Aidoneus in the underworld and the other two thirds with her mother, Demeter.


  1. Demeter, the goddess of the earth, used a labrys as her scepter. (Web site)
  2. In Greek mythology, Demeter used a Labrys as a scepter.


  1. After the long march to Eleusis, the initiates arrived in the evening of the fifth day in the sacred precinct of the two goddesses, Demeter and Persephone.

Sacred Relics

  1. Then on 20th and 21st Boedromion, the initiates entered a great hall called Telesterion where they were shown the sacred relics of Demeter. (Web site)

Mystery Religions

  1. The cult of Demeter produced the most famous of the mystery religions, the Eleusinian Mysteries, as well as the Andania mysteries. (Web site)
  2. In particular, he tells the story of Persephone and Demeter as the basis for the mystery religions. (Web site)
  3. This play was a satire on the relationship between the mystery religions (one devoted to Dionysus and another to Demeter) and the priests of other faiths.

Robert Graves

  1. In his Greek Myths, Robert Graves writes that Demeter (in disguise) was the guest of King Celeus in Eleusis. (Web site)


  1. When Pluto abducted Persephone, Demeter grieved so inconsolably that the earth became barren through her neglect. (Web site)
  2. Demeter searched the world looking for her daughter, and while she searched Demeter neglected her duties and let the earth go barren.
  3. When Demeter heard, she wandered the earth in mourning, abandoning her responsibilities, and the earth grew gray and barren. (Web site)


  1. The earth above becomes desolate, as Demeter mourns for her, but Zeus works a compromise and Persephone returns to flowering fields for half of each year.
  2. As Demeter wandered in search of her lost daughter, the earth grew desolate.
  3. If Demeter is withholding her blessings from the earth, then people are starving and the land must be desolate. (Web site)


  1. Hard by is a temple of Demeter with images of the goddess, her daughter, and Iacchus, who is holding a torch. (Web site)
  2. Then, Demeter is sitting on the kiste inside the Telesterion, with Persephone holding a torch and introducing the initiates. (Web site)
  3. Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheafs of wheat and and a torch.


  1. When Hades carried off Persephone, Demeter, her mother, went about seeking her all over the earth with torches by night and day.
  2. After the Rape of Kore, the myth goes on to recount, Demeter, being unable to find her daughter, kindled torches in the craters of Mt.
  3. Demeter with a sceptre is sitting on the sacred kiste and Kore with torches is introducing her initiates. (Web site)


  1. That Artemis was the daughter, not of Leto but of Demeter, which is the Egyptian account, the Greeks learned from Aiskhylos the son of Euphorion. (Web site)
  2. New parents bring their daughters here, and I consecrate them to Demeter or Artemis or Athena or Aphrodite. (Web site)
  3. She is also part of a lunar triplicity with Artemis and Selene, and also with Demeter and Persephone. (Web site)

Picking Flowers

  1. According to myth, Kore, the maiden daughter of Demeter, was picking flowers in a field near Eleusis. (Web site)
  2. Persephone did not submit to Hades willingly, but was abducted by him while picking flowers with her mother, Demeter. (Web site)


  1. In ancient Greece, the second day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the priests of Demeter declared the public start of the rites.
  2. Eleusis lost the battle with Athens but the Eumolpides and Kerykes, two families of priests to Demeter, continued the Eleusinian mysteries. (Web site)
  3. They are said to be sacred to the Maid and to Demeter, and only the priests of these goddesses are permitted to catch the fish in them.


  1. See Letters A1.12 and A1.16. The Eumolpidae were a family of priests at Athens who had charge of the temple of Demeter at Eleusis.


  1. Thirdly, there is the image of Demeter enthroned, chastened by sorrow, and somewhat advanced in age, blessing the earth, in her joy at the return of Kore.
  2. 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.


  1. As Demeter searched for her daughter, her despair caused crops to die. (Web site)
  2. Yet one thing is certain, once Persephone is determined to be missing, Demeter is driven to despair.


  1. By Gaia he was the father of Antaeus and by Demeter he fathered Arion; he was also the father of Polyphemus. (Web site)

Earth Goddess

  1. For the Greeks, Demeter is an earth goddess; her name is De, which means earth (the same word as Gaia) and meter, which means mother. (Web site)
  2. Demeter is said to have roamed the Earth searching for her daughter, neglecting her duties as Earth goddess.
  3. Persephone and her mother Demeter were often referred to as aspects of the same Earth goddess, and were called "the Demeters" or simply "the goddesses".


  1. Life came to a standstill as the depressed Demeter (goddess of the earth) searched for her lost daughter (resting on the stone, Agelasta).
  2. Life came to a standstill as the depressed Demeter searched for her lost daughter, wandering the Earth night and day.


  1. When Persephone was restored, an elated Demeter gave the gift of agriculture to mankind. (Web site)
  2. At all events, the mysteries are a gift of Demeter to the Cabiri. (Web site)
  3. What was entrusted to them, and what happened to it, seemed to me a sin to put into writing, but at any rate the rites are a gift of Demeter to the Cabeiri.


  1. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. (Web site)
  2. Demeter, goddess mighty and high, the harvest-queen, the giver of corn. (Web site)
  3. He is the dispenser of the earth's hidden wealth, giver of riches through the vine, as Demeter through the grain. (Web site)

High Priestess

  1. In the myth of Demeter, Pluto uses the chariot to abduct Persephone (the high priestess?). (Web site)
  2. The High Priestess of Demeter would share with the Hierophant the primary responsibility for presiding over the Mysteries.

Goddess Hecate

  1. Asteria A Titaness (after Hesiod), daughter of Koios and Phoibe, Mother of the Goddess Hecate, which is also sometimes referred to as daughter of Demeter.
  2. Finally, on the tenth day, the goddess Hecate told Demeter that Persephone had been carried away, but she did not know by whom. (Web site)
  3. For it was the goddess Hecate who "saw" and told the frantic Demeter what had become of her daughter. (Web site)


  1. As cited in Mysteries of Demeter: Rebirth of the Pagan Way by Jennifer Reif, the clergy of Persephone were all priestesses.
  2. Timoleon was a man of sincere faith and stopped in Corinth to consult the priestesses of Demeter and Persephone and seek their blessings.


  1. Phytalis Phytalis was a priestess of Demeter who was raised to demi-goddess status by the Goddess of the Harvest. (Web site)
  2. The priestess of Demeter lived in the sacred House at Eleusis and acted the role of Demeter and Kore in the sacred pageant. (Web site)
  3. The Hierophant and Priestess of Demeter received an obol a day from each initiate.


  1. Demeter placed Aethon, the god of famine, in Erysichthon 's gut, making him permanently famished.
  2. Her daddy, Erysichthon, cut down a tree in a sacred grove of Demeter. (Web site)


  1. Demeter eventually cursed Ascalaphus, the son of the river-god, Acheron, for taunting her by exiling him to the Underworld. (Web site)
  2. But Demeter turned Ascalaphus into a short-eared owl, and Hercules, after showing Cerberus to Eurystheus, carried him back to Hades. (Web site)
  3. But later Heracles 1 rolled away the stone of Ascalaphus 2, and then Demeter turned Ascalaphus 2 into a short-eared owl.

Pomegranate Seeds

  1. Hades, not wanting to relinquish his bride permanently, convinced Persephone to eat some pomegranate seeds before she returned to her mother, Demeter. (Web site)
  2. But poor Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds given to her by Hades and could only spend two-thirds of the year with Demeter.

Nine Days

  1. Demeter wandered about in search of her daughter for nine days, without taking any nectar or ambrosia, and without bathing.
  2. At last, Demeter heard her cries as she wept in torments and wandered about for nine days to look for Persephone. (Web site)
  3. Demeter: For nine days have I searched for Persephone, and all in vain. (Web site)


  1. Demeter herself was central to the older religion of Greece. (Web site)
  2. Eleusis owed its fame to the mysteries traditionally instituted by Demeter herself and celebrated primarily in her honour.
  3. The sacred horses Arion and Despoena (this being a title of Demeter herself) were then claimed as Poseidon’s children. (Web site)


  1. Demeter searched for Persephone and, grieving over her disappearance, decided that the land would be infertile until she was reunited with her daughter.
  2. Demeter, distracted and grieving for Persephone, ate of the boy's arm and shoulder.
  3. Still grieving for Persephone, Demeter neglected the earth.


  1. Demeter is easily confused with Gaia or Rhea, and with Cybele.

Brother Zeus

  1. Demeter had a Daughter(Kore) with her brother Zeus.


  1. The mortals of the earth were doomed to famine and eventual destruction if Demeter did not lift her curse.
  2. Demeter was one of the few gods who spent almost all of her time with mortals.
  3. Demeter, still wasted with longing for her daughter, caused for mortals a most devastating year with no harvest. (Web site)


  1. Saranyu (Saraṇyū) or Saranya is the wife of Surya, and a goddess of the dawn and the clouds in Hindu mythology, and is sometimes associated with Demeter.
  2. Cabeiro, who is mentioned in the logographers Acusilaus and Pherecydes as the wife of Hephaestus, is identical with Demeter.


  1. On learning of the abduction, Demeter was so distraught that she allowed barrenness and famine to spread over the earth. (Web site)
  2. Distraught, Demeter searched high and low for her daughter; in her distress, she neglected her duties.
  3. Demeter, distraught, searches high and low for her missing daughter. (Web site)


  1. Poseidon and Athena, Apollo and Hermes, Aphrodite and Persephone, and Demeter and Hades had to settle their arguments in this way.
  2. There is also an altar of Zephyr, and a sanctuary of Demeter and her daughter: along with them are worshipped Athena and Poseidon.
  3. Zeus rescued the heart and gave it to Semele to impregnate her., or the heart was saved, variously, by Athena, Rhea, or Demeter.


  1. It is also an epithet for multiple goddesses, such as Aphrodite, Demeter, and Persephone. (Web site)
  2. The word stems from an epithet for Demeter: Thesmophoros ("she of the regular customs"). (Web site)


  1. Son of Zeus and Semele (although Demeter is sometimes given as his mother). (Web site)
  2. Alternately, he may have been a separate deity, the son of Zeus with either Demeter or Persephone, who was killed when the Titans cut him into pieces. (Web site)
  3. As a result, Demeter becomes angry and claims that she was going to make the son a god, but now it is too late. (Web site)


  1. She was the illict lover of Hades, the god of the underworld, until discovered by Demeter, mother of Hades' jealous wife Persephone.
  2. In it the story is unfolded how the god of the Underworld, Hades, abducted Persephone, daughter of Demeter. (Web site)
  3. Demeter had several children; these included Persephone, the consort of Hades, and Plutus, the god of wealth. (Web site)


  1. Comments: Arion, the god of horses, and Despoena, goddess of fruit, are children of Demeter and Poseidon. (Web site)
  2. Notes ^ Posiedon only fathered Despoina and Arion, Demeter gave birth to Persephone through parthenogenesis.
  3. Areion the Talking Horse (also spelled Arion), son of Poseidon and Demeter the Earth-goddess.

Triple Goddess

  1. According to Robert Graves, Persephone is not only the younger self of Demeter, she is in turn also one of three guises of Demeter as the Triple Goddess. (Web site)


  1. Hekate was one of the chief goddesses of the Eleusinian Mysteries, alongside Demeter and Persephone. (Web site)
  2. Contrary to modern Pagan assumptions, Demeter represents the old crone woman, Persephone the wife woman, and Hekate is the Maiden. (Web site)
  3. Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. (Web site)


  1. Even at the present day they throw into the pit burning torches in honor of the Maid who is daughter of Demeter. (Web site)
  2. In the Eleusinian mysteries, this happening was celebrated in honor of Demeter and Persephone, who was known in this cult as Kore. (Web site)
  3. Lo! I am that Demeter who has share of honor and is the greatest help and cause of joy to the undying gods and mortal men.


  1. The Thesmophoria was a fertility festival in honor of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture.
  2. The Thesmophoria were the most widespread festivals and the main expression of the cult of Demeter, aside from the Eleusinian Mysteries. (Web site)
  3. Demeter was also honoured in the feast of the Thesmophoria, a fertility rite from which men were excluded and whose rites were a carefully guarded secret. (Web site)


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