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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Earth-Mother: A Divinity of Great Importance



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Nowadays, Greek Mythology had been fab among children and teens. From fictional books (ex. The Lightning Thief which is the first mythological book I have read) to movies, all these things were patronage by this generation. Belong to this group, I'm also a fan of Greek Mythology. Started as a reader of Rick Riordan's book when I was in third year, I now became a big fan of Riordan's legacy. I don't know what things I find great in reading mythological stories of gods and goddesses. I just like it. Period. And if I will have given a chance to meet one Greek god, I will choose Demeter- one of the goddesses of Mt. Olympus

Demeter was my all-time favorite among the gods and demigods in Mt. Olympus. She was the most generous of the great Olympian goddesses. Born as the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, granddaughter of Gaia and sister-consort of Zeus, Demeter was beloved by it's service to mankind. Derived from the word 'ge meter' which means earth-mother, she was the goddess of harvest, corn, grain, earth and season. Also known as the Roman goddess Ceres, she was remembered as the kindest god for giving people a gift from harvest, a bountiful fruits and a perfect season. Demeter was also credited for teaching people how to grow and preserve grains and rewarded for being responsible for the fertility of the lands.



(c) Monique Valenzuela - contestant as Demeter in PCSHS English Festival 2012
Demeter was the only one to be involved on the day-to-day basis in the lives of the common people rather than involving herself in the nature of the gods in human affairs. These are the small reasons why I love Demeter among the rest. She was a true nurturer of mankind. Also, Demeter symbolizes the grief and heartache of a mother longing to her daughter. She was best known for her fierce defense against Hades (god of the underworld) for dragging her daughter Persephone to his kingdom. As a mother, she find Persephone in day and night, never eating or resting, searching futilely for her daughter. The story of Persephone and Demeter represents the love of mother to her daughter.

Demeter is a statue of love and compassion. She represents what a true god should be like. She have the heart and brain. And if I will ask what god I want to be, I will proudly say that I want to be Demeter. The goddess with human heart and god mind. The god that everyone loves. The god that everyone must know. The god that should always be remembered. The god that have divine importance. Demeter, our Earth-Mother.

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1 comment:

  1. Demeter was one of my favorite Goddess too. I want to be Ceres, aside from Athena.

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