Demeter, like all the Olympian gods, was immortal and extremely strong. She was in charge of the harvest and grain cultivation. She had influence over the seasons and could make plants grow (or not grow). She could also manipulate the weather and make people hungry. In ancient times, farmers believed that if they did not give thanks to the gods for their crops, then the crops would fail or else be damaged by pests.
Like other goddesses, Demeter had many lovers. Some of them were Titans, other deities, even humans. From these relationships, she has born children: Eileithyia (a goddess who assisted women in childbirth), Hebe (a goddess who represented youth), Hephaestus (a god of technology and metalworking), Hermes (a messenger god), and Persephone (a goddess who represented fertility).
Because of her importance to agriculture, Demeter is often depicted with a basket of seeds or a cornucopia (a horn of plenty). Her priestesses performed rituals on her behalf and distributed gifts to honor her after she had given birth or received visitors abroad.
In some countries, such as Greece, Italy, and Turkey, people still celebrate Demeter's birthday on April 23rd. She receives flowers and cakes because it is believed that she will provide enough food for the year if everyone gave her gifts.
Demeter was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea, the two mighty Titans. When her parents were overthrown by their children, she went on a quest to find out what had happened to her father. Using her powers, she discovered that Zeus had eaten him up. In revenge, she decided to destroy mankind!
How did Demeter kill people? By making them starve to death. She used her power to bring famine upon countries. Many people died because of her actions.
Where can we see examples of Demeter's power today? Some scientists think that earthquakes and other natural disasters are caused by people using their powers maliciously. They claim that Demeter is responsible for all those things!
Demeter is one of the Titan deities who were overthrown by Zeus. They each got one of the twelve Olympians as a partner. The others partners were Hephastos, Hermes, Hephaestus, Eileithyia, Aphrodite, Ares, Artemis/Diana, Poseidon, and Zeus himself. Demeter was given Hades as a partner. He was already dead so it didn't matter anyway.
Demeter is one of the most powerful goddess women in the Olympian pantheon, and numerous temples and constructions are dedicated to her as a mark of respect. Demeter is the goddess of harvest and agriculture, providing food and blessing harvesters. Demeter possessed amazing natural abilities. She was able to grow plants from the earth itself by touching them with her finger.
Some say that she taught humans how to farm, but it also could be said that we all derive our knowledge about farming from Demeter because no human has ever grown crops without her help.
Besides being responsible for giving us knowledge about agriculture, Demeter had other powers too. She was able to bring life even to dead objects through her touch. For example, when Zeus wanted to give birth to children from his wife Hera, he asked Demeter to give life to some of her flowers. Thus, Demeter became pregnant herself and gave birth to several children who wandered around ancient Greece.
Zeus then told Demeter not to worry about growing crops and leave this task to him. So, Demeter stopped protecting her seeds and let farmers grow their own crops. But she didn't stop being involved in agriculture entirely; she just gave it up as her main occupation.
Today, many people believe that what makes something holy is not its religion but rather its connection to nature.