Demeter – Goddess of Grain, Nurturer and Mother
Demeter, the Goddess of Grain, presided over bountiful harvests. She was known as Ceres to the Romans – our word related to that is cereal. Her main symbol was a sheaf of ripe wheat. She was often portrayed as a beautiful woman with golden hair and dressed in a blue robe.
Demeter was worshipped as a mother goddess, a mother of the grain and a mother of the maiden, Persephone.
She is the maternal archetype and represents maternal instinct fulfilled through pregnancy or spiritual nourishment to others. The Hymn to Demeter tells the story of how Demeter responded to the abduction of her lovely daughter, Persephone.
She heard the cries of her daughter, as she was being abducted and rushed to help her. Although she searched across the land and sea, not stopping to eat or drink for 9 long days and nights, she did not find her. She was so outraged by the betrayal of Zeus that she withdrew from Mt Olympus and lived a hidden life for many years. She refused to let anything grow. Eventually her daughter Persephone was returned to her and Demeter restored fertility and growth to the earth.
Demeter and Persephone were also the main characters to the Eleusinian Mysteries – which are a series of large and secretive concerts held every five years. These mysteries portrayed the abduction of Persephone by Hades in three phases. The “descent” (loss), the “search” and the “ascent”. The main theme is the “ascent” of Persephone and the reunion with her mother.
Being a mother was the most important role and function in her life.
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