Goddess Modern Demeter Statue
Standing with Basket and Torch
Mother of the Abundant
10" hand painted resin statue (25.4 cm), rosey tan color finish.
This sacred mother is comfortable in her skin and surrounded by her many
symbols. With the torch to light her way in dark times, Demeter also holds the
basket filled with the abundance of the harvest season.
Modern Demeter is our artisans interpretation of this Goddess from contemporary
visions. As a goddess of agriculture, tablets from the 13th century BC title her
as "grain mother," "earth-mother," and
Aside from Zeus as a consort, she also laid with Iasion on a thrice plowed field
and to whom she bore Plutus (wealth). This is the ancient custom of ritual
lovemaking to ensure the fertility of the fields that is a common neo-pagan
ritual in modern times, usually celebrated on Beltaine (May 1st). The name of
Demeter's son by this union, Plutus can be interpreted as the wealth of an
bequeths a cold, dark winter as penalty for the capture of her daughter by
Hades, who took her to rule the underworld at his side. But the Goddess keeps
hope alive by holding grain stalks and serpents as a sign of perpetual renewal
when Spring celebrates her daughter Persephone's return. Demeter celebrates the
In Greece, all-important and life giving agriculture is presided over by
Demeter. The Eleusinian mystery religion centered on her worship and on
reverence for her lost daughter Persephone who was kidnapped and torn from her
mother as the sheaf in Demeter's hand is reaped from the bosom of Mother Earth.
Although Demeter rescues her daughter from the underworld, winter dark and cold
is a sign of her grief.
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