LOVING MOTHERS: Goddess of the Earth and Fruitfulness: Demeter and Persephone

Lies, Betty Bonham
October 1999
Earth's Daughters: Stories of Women in Classical Mythology;1999, p142
This article presents the story of Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Of all the goddesses on Mount Olympus, Demeter was the most helpful to mortals. It was she who brought forth the growing things of Earth, the plants and trees, the grasses and flowers. Most of all, Demeter gave the gift of grain, golden wheat that women could grow and harvest to make into bread. Demeter had one daughter, Persephone. Because her daughter was both beautiful and innocent, Demeter knew that she would be attractive to gods and men alike. The mother watched over her closely.


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