Goddess of Farming and Vegetation

Basic Knowledge

Demeter protects all agriculture and crops, and is one of the twelve Olympians. She also plays a large part in Greek Mythology and has many brothers and sisters.

Family Life

Demeter is the daughter of Kronos and Rhea; and the sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and Hestia. Demeter's daughter, Persephone, was abducted by Hades, who is the god of the underworld. Hades immediately fell in love with Persephone, and took her to the underworld with him. Eventually, Persephone was found, but because she had eaten pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, she had to spend 2/3 of the year living with Hades and then other 1/3 living with her mom on Earth.

Root of the Name Demeter

The name Demeter comes from gê mêtêr, which means mother earth. This makes sense because Demeter is the goddess of agriculture and crops, and that is very similar to mother earth, who takes care of all crops and plants on the earth.

Works Cited

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