The Greek goddess of corn was Demeter. She was also the goddess of the harvest, earth, agriculture, grain and fertility. Each year, the Greeks sacrificed their first loaves of bread from the harvest to Demeter.
Demeter was the daughter of Rhea and Cronus and mother of Persephone. She was connected to the changing of the seasons. According to mythology, Hades kidnapped Persephone to be his wife and brought her to the Underworld. Demeter was so distraught that she caused plants and vegetation to die. Zeus arranged for Persephone's return, but because she had eaten a pomegranate, Hades held some claim to her. Each year, Persephone spent 4 months in the Underworld, and Demeter's grief over her absence caused winter.Learn More
Symbols for the Greek goddess Demeter include the cornucopia, wheat ears and a winged serpent. Other symbols that are associated with Demeter are symbols of the harvest, domesticated animals, some wild animals and plants.Full Answer >
As Queen of the Olympians and wife of Zeus, Hera's special powers were varied and far-reaching; transmogrification, asexual reproduction, disguise, banishing mortals to Hades and the summoning of fierce and legendary creatures (such as Hydras and Dragons) were all attributed to her by various myths. She was considered the goddess of women and marriage, and to a lesser extent the skies. In depictions, although Hera is more difficult to identify than the other Olympian goddesses, she is typically seated wearing a crown and veil while holding a royal scepter.Full Answer >
The main symbol associated with Demeter is a bundle of wheat. Because she rode in a chariot pulled by winged serpents, those serpents are also sometimes symbolically associated with Demeter.Full Answer >
The Greek goddess Hera lives on Mount Olympus. She is queen of the gods and is a member of the 12 most powerful gods in the pantheon. As the goddess of marriage and childbirth, she is the patroness of married women and goddesses.Full Answer >