Monday, April 5, 2010
Greek Gods and Goddesses Of The Week
I am obsessed with Greek mythology. Therefore, to share my obbsession with the world, I have decided to post a Greek God or Goddess profile each week. I'll start with some major gods and some of my favorites and work my way down. Anyway, today is a Monday, so it seems like as good a time as any to begin.
My favorite Goddess is either Athena or Hestia, and my favorite God is either Posiedon or Dionysus. However, I think that we shouldn't start with the most powerful or least powerful, so lets start with Demeter.
Demeter is the goddess of farming and agriculture. Her daughter's name is Peresephone (a different goddess for a different day). She can be symbolized by a handfull of harvested wheat, the pig, the snake (also the symbol of Dionysus), corn, and the sceptre. What follows is Demeter's complete profile:
Roman Name: Ceres
God of: Farming and agriculture
One of the Fourteen Main Olympians: Yes
Children: Persephone, Despoena, Plutus, Kore (nameless one), Arion
Myth: One of Demeter's myth refers to the time that her daughter, Peresephone, was abducted by Hades. The young girl was frolicking in the fields when suddenly an enormous pit opened up below her feet. Up came Hades, Lord of the Dead. He kidnapped Persephone, and dragged her down to be Queen of the Underworld. Enraged, Demeter stopped making plants grow. the world would have perished if not for Zeus, King of The Gods, who managed to console Demeter. He said that Hades had no right to Persephone, and that she should be returned to Demeter. However, Persephone, lost in thought, had devoured several pomegranate seeds in the Underworld. Since she had eaten the food of the dead, she always had to return to the Underworld during the year, one month for each seed she had eaten. During this time, Demeter would cause plants not to grow well. This is the reason the seasons change.