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Author Topic: Ceres  (Read 581 times)

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Ceres
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:38:07 am »
I did a meditation yesterday and out of the blue I decided to ask in the meditation which deity is with me at this time, the name I very clearly got was "Ceres". Never having heard of this deity before, after the meditation was over I did a google search to find she does exist and is a Roman goddess of agriculture, fertility and motherly relationships. I've done some research on her over the past 24 hours and found her mythology to be indistinguishable from the Greek goddess Demeter, however strangely I feel Ceres and Demeter are different deities.

My question is, has anybody worked with Ceres and wanted to share their experiences? UPG is fine.

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Re: Ceres
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2015, 10:17:02 pm »
Quote from: Fallron;181674
I've done some research on her over the past 24 hours and found her mythology to be indistinguishable from the Greek goddess Demeter, however strangely I feel Ceres and Demeter are different deities.

 
No personal experience to offer; just wanted to throw in a few words about the quoted bit. Ceres' mythology is very likely indistinguishable from Demeter's because the Romans ganked it from the Greeks - Roman mythology (the definition of 'myth' Catja provides is very relevant here) tended to centre on mythic history/founding narrative, morality, and politics, rather than on theology/divine narrative, so stories about Ceres are generally originally narratives about her Greek counterpart. On the other hand, Ceres herself is a distinctly Italic deity, worshipped not just by the Romans but among their neighboring peoples. So considering them to be different deities is a sound and supportable hard-polytheist position.

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Re: Ceres
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2015, 02:04:10 pm »
Quote from: Fallron;181674
I did a meditation yesterday and out of the blue I decided to ask in the meditation which deity is with me at this time, the name I very clearly got was "Ceres". Never having heard of this deity before, after the meditation was over I did a google search to find she does exist and is a Roman goddess of agriculture, fertility and motherly relationships. I've done some research on her over the past 24 hours and found her mythology to be indistinguishable from the Greek goddess Demeter, however strangely I feel Ceres and Demeter are different deities.

My question is, has anybody worked with Ceres and wanted to share their experiences? UPG is fine.

Not person experiences, but you might be interested in this book:
The Roman Goddess Ceres - Barbette Stanley Spaeth  
 http://www.amazon.com/Roman-Goddess-Barbette-Stanley-Spaeth/dp/0292776934

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Re: Ceres
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 01:21:24 pm »
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No personal experience to offer; just wanted to throw in a few words about the quoted bit. Ceres' mythology is very likely indistinguishable from Demeter's because the Romans ganked it from the Greeks - Roman mythology (the definition of 'myth' Catja provides is very relevant here) tended to centre on mythic history/founding narrative, morality, and politics, rather than on theology/divine narrative, so stories about Ceres are generally originally narratives about her Greek counterpart. On the other hand, Ceres herself is a distinctly Italic deity, worshipped not just by the Romans but among their neighboring peoples. So considering them to be different deities is a sound and supportable hard-polytheist position.

Sunflower

 
This.

Romans made a precise point of adopting other cultures' mythology, so while Ceres may have an "official" Demeter mythology, she is not necessarily the same deity.

Its a less extreme example than the Ares-Mars dichotomy.

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