Demeter goddess of earth myth

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  • Demeter was the sister of Zeus. She was the goddess who watched over the fertile earth. She taught men how to sow grain. So the Greeks worshiped her as the goddess of agriculture.
  • Demeter had a beautiful young daughter whom she loved very much. Her name was Persephone.
  • Help me care for the grain that the men have planted.\ When the seeds get dropped into the ground I want you to guard it until the tiny green leaves push out of the dark earth
  • One day Persephone was playing with a number of nymphs in a beautiful meadow. She was gathering some of the prettiest blossoms. Suddenly an opening appeared in the earth at her feet. The poor girl was carried swiftly away despite her cries
  • Somebody, Anybody! Help me!
  • My poor poor Persephone, I will find you !
  • When Demeter found that Persephone had been taken from her, she was almost wild with grief. She lighted a torch, and for nine days and nine nights she searched for her daughter without stopping to eat or to drink.
  • On the tenth day the sun told her that Zeus had given her daughter to Hades to be his queen and that he had taken her to the underworld.
  • While Demeter was searching for her daughter, there was no one to look after the grain. The seed which was planted into the ground did not come up. Zeus new that if Demeter did not come back that all the race of men would die. He begged and begged for her to come back but she refused to unless she got her daughter back.
  • Please come back we need you!
  • Not unless i get Persephone back!!
  • When Hermes returned with Persephone they found that she had eaten part of a love apple, while she was with Hades, and so she could only go back to her mother for a part of each year.
  • For two-thirds of the year Persephone was aloud to live with her mother in the light and air of the upper world, but the remainder of the time she was to stay with Hades as Queen of the underworld.
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