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Attis and Cybele – West Asian mythology

By |2018-04-15T12:08:20+00:00September 15th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Cybele and Attis standing together, while two much smaller human worshippers pray to them. From the Hellenistic kingdoms, in what is now Turkey, in the 100s BC Cybele, Magna Mater or the Great Mother, was a West Asian fertility goddess like Isis or Demeter. You sacrificed to Cybele to make sure the wheat and barley would grow well. There are many versions [...]

Persephone and Hades – Greek religion

By |2018-04-23T09:49:50+00:00July 16th, 2017|History|

Hades kidnaps Persephone (mosaic from Amphipolis, 300s BC) Persephone was the daughter of the goddess Demeter. One day Persephone was dancing with her friends in a sunny meadow, having a good time, picking flowers. Suddenly Persephone's spooky uncle Hades burst out of the ground and grabbed her and pulled her into his chariot! He took Persephone (purr-SEFF-oh-nee) [...]

Greek mystery cults – ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T10:04:50+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Torchlight parade (this one is actually in India) Most Greek religious rituals were about sacrifice to the gods. But there was another form of religious activity also, which we call the mystery cults. People who wanted to participate in the mystery cults also kept on doing the usual sacrifices. You didn't have to choose. It's like [...]

What was Eleusis? a Greek mystery cult

By |2018-04-23T08:41:53+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Demeter, Persephone, and Triptolemos (the boy), an 1899 drawing from a stone carving found at Eleusis . Beginning at least as early as the Late Bronze Age (about 1400 BC) and maybe much earlier even than that, the people of Eleusis in Greece celebrated a holiday there every year that celebrated the time [...]

Persephone project – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T09:49:49+00:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, History, Religion|

Persephone project: Hades kidnaps Persephone (Greek painting from the Hellenistic period) Put on a play for your class, or make a short film about Persephone, or write a book or a song about Persephone. Send it to us here at Quatr.us (or send us a link to the YouTube video), and we'll put [...]

Who is Demeter? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-26T12:15:41+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Greek goddess Demeter: A field of wheat growing The Greek goddess Demeter is an earth goddess; her name is De, which means earth (the same word as Gaia) and meter, which means mother. Demeter is the goddess of growing things, especially of grains like wheat and barley and millet. Demeter's daughter, Persephone, is the grain [...]