Classical Greek Mythology

Origins of the Greek Gods

What are Demeter’s origins?

Like Dionysos, Demeter was a deity who spent most of her time on earth rather than on Olympus. She is essentially a Greek version of a much more ancient tradition of Earth Mothers, including Cybele in Anatolia and Hathor in Egypt. Demeter and Dionysos were “different” and their mysteries attracted enough people to make followers of the more traditional Olympians wary of them. This was especially true of Dionysos, who was seen as a “foreign” god, which he probably was.


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