10 Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries

10 Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries - Demeter and the...

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Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries Homeric Hymn to Demeter Daughter of Kronos and Rhea Her daughter, Persephone was abducted Demeter was dragged off but she escaped and roamed Earth helplessly for 9 days She is bringer of seasons and splendid gifts She found out from Helios that Hades took her daughter She changed her appearance and went to Eleusis, town of rich sacrifices She told the women there who she was and asked for work Kallidike, a pure virgin, and the most beautiful daughter of Kelios, took her to her father’s mansion to work for generous wages Metaneira gave Demeter her baby son to raise as her own and take pride in him Boy named Demophoon Raised as a god, but could not dip him in the water of the River Styx to make him immortal, because of his mother The queen, Metaneira, cried because Demeter would hide her son in fire, so Demeter gave him back and left. She took off her disguise and told the queen to build a temple to her She still missed Persephone so much that she stopped seed growth for a year She almost starved humans to death, but Zeus sent all gods from Olympus to give her gifts and anything she wanted from the immortals if she would live in
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ASTRO 2 taught by Professor Stanek during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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