Demeter's Holy Grain

Demeter's Holy Grain

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  • "Demeter has an only daughter, Persephone the maiden of spring,"(Hamilton 49)
  • Demeter (Ceres) By: Edith Hamilton
  • Demeter's daughter was "Carried of by the Lord of the Dark Underworld,"(Hamilton 50) for she strayed to far off from her companions.
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  • Demeter turned "the Earth cold when she lost her daughter," (Hamilton 49) causing her to withhold her gifts to Earth.  
  • Demeter the goddess of corn and her daughter Persephone "the maiden of spring"(Hamilton 49). the beginning of this myth are as tight as mother and daughter can be until Persephone goes to far away.  
  • Zeus sent the gods to her "one after another, to try and turn her from her anger,"(Hamilton 51).
  • Persephone then was taken and "in Demeter's terrible grief,"(Hamilton 50)  by the king of the under world which would make it harder to reach her. 
  • Zeus made an agreement so that Persephone could "see her mother but go to the underworld for 4 months," (Hamilton 53) and be with her mother for the rest. 
  • She was called the "Good Goddess, so she fixed the fields with rich abundant fruit and the whole world brightened with bright green life,'(Hamilton 54).
  • Demeter unleashed her anger causing everything to become  destroyed and turned into a desert "but never would she let the Earth bear fruit till she saw her daughter,"(Hamilton 51).
  • Zeus realized how uncontrolled this was getting for Demeter's mood was causing "mankind to die of famine,"(Hamilton 51) so he sent gods to her trying to calm her to get the earth back to the way it was.
  • Zeus sent Hermes to retrieve Persephone and make a deal by the power of Zeus to bring her back. Hermes is shocked to see "the two sitting side by side,"(Hamilton 51) showing that they were married.
  • Demeter fixed the earth to its natural happy land and apologized for acting in anger. Persephone would sadly have to spent 4 months of her life every year with Hades as his wife and always be known as "The maidens name who may not be spoken<"(Hamilton 54).
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