The Lady Demeter, The Earth Mother
The earth goddess, the prime lady of agriculture. Food or bread are her main gifts to mankind. She was specially worshiped by women, as she is also considered to be a fertility goddess. She is the mother who mourns the loss of her daughter to Hades. Each winter when she mourns nothing grows out of the soil. Spring time brings the promise of Persephone's return from the Underworld, and hence nature it self is in rejoice. When Summer arrives, Demeter is in her zenith as her daughter return. In autumn, after the harvest her melancholy starts as Persephone once again prepares her journey to her husband in Erebus.
Thus sings Homer:
"To Demeter Eleusinia. O universal mother, Deo famed, august, the source of wealth, and various named: great nurse, all-bounteous, blessed and divine, who joyest in peace; to nourish corn is thine. Goddess of seed, of fruits abundant, fair, harvest and threshing are thy constant care. Lovely delightful queen, by all desired, who dwellest in Eleusis' holy vales retired. Nurse of all mortals, who benignant mind first ploughing oxen to the yoke confined; and gave to men what nature's wants require, with plenteous means of bliss, which all desire."
Orphic Hymn 40 to Demeter (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.)
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