The goddess Hekate — Hellenismos

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Vlassis G. Rassias: «Η ΘΕΑ ΕΚΑΤΗ», in Rassias (Κείμενα), March 2015, last time checked: August 15, 2020. This is the translation of the original Greek text about the goddess Hekátē in excerpts. THE GODDESS HEKATE Moon goddess of the secret knowledge, of transitions and changes, which has power over the sky, the earth, the sea, […]

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Woman with torches and swans

Friday, 17 July 2020

Sometimes I wonder…
 
This is a Boeotian (5th-4th c BC) red-figure bell-krater. Athens, National Archaeological Museum. Depicting a woman holding two torches and a swan…The identity of the woman and the overall meaning of the scene „unknown“…
 
 
The discussion about these craters can be found in the paper entitled „Swan Riddles in Boeotian Red-figure Vase Painting“ by Chrstina Avronidaki.
 
Is it possible that this woman is Demeter who „carried a pair of flaming torches in her search for her daughter Persephone“.
 
Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the land of the dead. During her search, grief stricken Demeter, mourning the disappearance (death) of her daughter, forbade plants to grow…
 
This is normally interpreted as winter, the darkest part of the year (torches) when nature is dormant (no plants grow)…It is during the winter that whooper swans migrate to Greece from Northern Europe. 

Hekate: Bright Goddess of the Mysteries (Reblog) — We Are Star Stuff

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Hekate is one of the most unique and interesting Goddesses of the ancient world, her worship reaches backwards into pre-history and continues to thrive in the modern world. Even at times when the shrines and temples of the old Gods were forgotten old ruins, her myths continued to thrive, remaining alive in the hearts, minds […]

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Iphigenia, the Heroines and Hecate — We Are Star Stuff

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Those of us who know Iphigenia only from Euripides‘ tragedies (Iphigenia in Tauris, Iphigenia at Aulis) may be surprised to know that she also had a presence in Greek religion, with temples or shrines at various sites where she received prayers and offerings.

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