GREEK MYTHOLOGY DEMETER
Goddess of the Bountiful Harvest and the Nurturing Spirit. In Greek mythology the goddess Demeter was the most generous of the great Olympian goddesses.
The Greek goddess Demeter was beloved for her service to mankind in giving them the gift of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil.
Also known as the Roman goddess Ceres, Demeter was the goddess of the harvest and was credited with teaching humans how to grow, preserve, and prepare grain. Demeter was thought to be responsible for the fertility of the land.
She was the only one of the Greek goddesses who was involved on a day-to-day basis in the lives of the common folk.
While others occasionally “dabbled” in human affairs when it suited their personal interests, or came to the aid of “special” mortals they favoured, the goddess Demeter was truly the nurturer of mankind.
Demeter also was the only one of the Greek goddesses who could truly empathize with the human experience of suffering and grief, having experienced it fully herself.
The goddess Demeter is best known for her fierce defense of her daughter, Persephone, who was also known as the child, Kore (or Cora). P
ersephone’s father was Zeus, the mighty ruler of the Olympians. The goddess Demeter had been one of his early consorts, long before his marriage to Hera.