“Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest / Persephone, Queen of the Underworld”:
Demeter (Roman equivalent: Ceres) is often described as the greek goddess of the harvest, but she presided also over the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death.
She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries of the Olympian pantheon.
Demeter’s greatest gifts to humankind were agriculture, particularly of cereals, and the Mysteries which give the initiate higher hopes in this life and the afterlife.
These two gifts were intimately connected in Demeter’s myths and mystery cults. In Homer’s “Odyssey” she is the blond-haired goddess who separates the chaff from the grain. Demeter’s emblem is the poppy.
Demeter’s virgin daughter was called Persephone (Roman equivalent: Proserpine) .
Zeus’s was not only Demeter’s father but also Demeter, Poseidon and Hades‘ brother.
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