09 Myths of Fertility, Demeter

09 Myths of Fertility, Demeter - land • Hermes is sent to...

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Chapter Nine, Lecture One Demeter
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Myths of Fertility Greeks saw female fertility as a continuing force of creation No one female deity Aspects of fertility divided among different goddesses Demeter the closest to a single great goddess
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Demeter De (?) meter (mother) Daughter is Persephonê aka korê The Homeric Hymn to Demeter is the foundation of the mystery cult of Demeter at Eleusis
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Hymn to Demeter Persephonê is abducted by Hades Helius tells Demeter who took her Demeter travels to the Well of the Maiden at Eleusis, where she is found by the daughters of the King and Queen She is brought to the palace and made the nanny of the infant prince, Demophoön
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Hymn to Demeter Demeter is caught trying to make Demophoön immortal She reveals herself and instructs the people of Eleusis to establish her cult in their city Demeter now withdraws her power from the
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Unformatted text preview: land • Hermes is sent to Hades to retrieve Persephonê Hymn to Demeter • Hades offers to let her go, but invites her to eat one pomegranate seed • She is reunited with Demeter but must spend 1/3 of her time in Hades because of this one seed • Demeter understands and brings life back to the earth • She explains her rituals Hymn to Demeter • “Blessed is he who has viewed the mystery’s ritual . . .” The Hymn • Cannot be an agricultural metaphor – Does not correspond with the weather patterns in Greece • Is it an allegory for the coming of age of young girls? – The grieving mother who “loses” her daughter? – The Mater Dolorosa? The Hymn • More generally the grieving at the loss of any child – The inevitability of death Next The Eleusinian Mysteries Ancient Parallels...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Eaverly during the Spring '06 term at University of Florida.

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