WOW WHAT A GODDESS WEDNESDAY –
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January 19th is Popcorn Day!
Little is known about where or how this national holiday started, but it is here to stay. Celebrate National Popcorn Day the only way that it should be celebrated – with a big bowl of yummy popcorn. And, in honor of this popcorn holiday I’ll share with you one of my favorite ways to enjoy air-popped popcorn: As your popcorn is popping, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl with 1/2 a packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix (the kind that you would normally use to make ranch dressing.) Pour the mixture over the popcorn and fold it in. Then enjoy!
So because of popcorn let’s learn about a Greek goddess this week.
Demeter (goddess of fertility)
The Greek earth goddess par excellence, who brings forth the fruits of the earth, particularly the various grains. She taught mankind the art of sowing and ploughing so they could end their nomadic existence. As such, Demeter was also the goddess of planned society. She was very popular with the rural population.
Demeter is mother of Persephone. When Persephone was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, Demeter wandered the earth in search of her lost child. During this time the earth brought forth no grain. Finally Zeus sent Hermes to the underworld, ordering Hades to restore Persephone to her mother. However, before she left, Hades gave her a pomegranate (a common fertility symbol). When she ate from it, she was bound to spend a third of the year with her husband in the infernal regions. Only when her daughter is with her, Demeter lets things grow (summer). The dying and blossoming of nature was thus connected with Demeter.
In Demeter’s honor as a goddess of marriage, women in Athens, and other centers in Greece, celebrated the feast of Thesmophoria. At Athens and some other places the festival was of three days.The first day at Athens was the anodos, the “way up” to the sacred space, the Thesmophorion near the hill of the Pnyx. The second day was a grieving day of fasting (nesteia) without garlands, seated on the ground, without fire in some cities, in which pomegranate seeds only were eaten; those that fell on the ground were the food of the dead and might not be picked up. Insults (aischrologia) might also have been exchanged among the women. The third day, especially the evening and night that began the Greek day, was a meat feast in celebration of the Kalligeneia, a “goddess of beautiful birth”.
In ancient art, Demeter was often portrayed (sitting) as a solemn woman, often wearing a wreath of braided ears of corn. Well-known is the statue made by Knidos (mid forth century BCE). Her usual symbolic attributes are the fruits of the earth and the torch, the latter presumably referring to her search for Persephone. Her sacred animals were the snake (an earth-creature) and the pig (another symbol of fertility).
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