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    "The ruined Temple of Demeter and Persephone, goddesses of the soil and the underworld , in Agrigentos Valley of the Temples"

    beautiful ruins of Demeter's temple in Greece

    Persephone, Queen of the Underworld

    Persephone

    Tempio della Concordia - Valley of the Temples (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Agrigento, Sicily, Italy

    Demeter

    Demeter

    Persephone.

    Temple of Demeter on Naxos

    The Temple of Hera and Juno Lacinia, Agrigento, Sicily

    Susan Seddon-Boulet ~ Persephone and Demeter

    the ruins of #Demeter's #Well at the Temple of Eleusis in Greece

    In Greek mythology Demeter was the most generous of the great Olympian goddesses. The Greek goddess Demeter was an ancient goddess beloved for her service to mankind in giving them the gift of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil.

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    Temple of Concord, Sicily (440 BC-430 BC). (Valley of the Temples: Vaddi di li Tempri) Archaeological site in Agrigento, Sicily, an example of Greek architecture and art and a main Sicilian attraction (UNESCO Heritage Site)

    Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, near the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt

    Colonne Tempio in Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy

    Demeter was the second eldest of the gods and really chill. She was important as a fertility deity, and was often syncretized with other goddesses like Rhea and Gaia and with Roman Ceres and "Phrygian" Cybele. Though she never married, she was no stranger to the arts of love (well, duh, for a fertility goddess). In fact, her priestesses initiated brides and grooms into the "secrets of the couch." While she was still young she and Zeus produced Persephone (called Kore, or Girl) and Iacchus (which means Boisterous Shout by the way). Demeter was a very happy goddess. Until the day came when Kore, who after this became Persephone, was abducted. When that happened, Demeter lost her joy and went searching the Earth for her. As it happened, searching the Earth wasn't going to do much good. Persephone had been abducted by Hades, and he wasn't letting her go without a fight. Eventually Hermes came down and Hades HAD to let her go, but because she's eaten seven pomegranate seeds she had to stay there for three months out of the year. Demeter went searching for nine days and nights, calling out for her daughter, not eating or drinking. Only Hecate could tell her anything. She recounted a tale of hearing Persephone's voice crying, "A rape! A rape!" and trying to rescue her, but never finding her. This story is famous. It is the myth that we all know surrounding the Mysteries of Eleusis (the place where Persephone was returned to her mother). But the secret myth, the Eleusian Mysteries? Well, it is a secret. I wish I knew...

    Virgo in Greek Mythology: Return of Persephone, Maiden of Spring, from her captivity by Hades, God of the Underworld, to her Mother, Demeter, the Harvest Goddess, signaling that winter was over.

    In Greek mythology, Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter, the wife of Hades and queen of the underworld. (image by Stregatto10)

    Hades and Persephone