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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter - 02

Identifier

016203

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Much of the rest of the story concerns Demeter, her mother’s, long search for her.  Demeter becomes so upset at the loss of her daughter that she causes famine in the world. 

 

A description of the experience

Homeric Hymn to Demeter                        

… Demeter .. stayed in the temple, shunning the company of all the blessed ones [ the gods].
She was wasting away with yearning for her daughter ..
She made that year the most terrible one for mortals, all over the Earth, the nurturer of many.
…… The Earth did not send up any seed.
Demeter, she with the beautiful garlands in her hair, kept the seeds covered underground.
Many a curved plough was dragged along the fields by many an ox - all in vain,
Many a bright grain of wheat fell into the earth - all for naught.
At this moment, Demeter could have destroyed the entire race of humans
with harsh hunger,......

The source of the experience

Eleusinian Mysteries

Concepts and Symbols used in the text or image

Ox

Activities

Observation contributed by: John Bryant