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Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth
Transcript of Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth
Goddess of the Hearth and Home -Hestia was the most tender, loving, constant, calm, gentle, and supportive of the family and home. Important facts about Hestia -Hestia doesn't play a major
parts in the myths, but she does have
the important job of keeping the hearth
fire on Mount Olympus lit. -Hestia always receives the first offering
in every household sacrifice due to her
being the firstborn of Kronos and Rhea. -Hestia is widely acknowledged as creating
the art of building houses. Contributions to Society -She was also known to represent the sacred center of domestic life and giver of all domestic happiness and blessings, believed to dwell in the inner part of every house. -Hestia is represented by many symbols, chiefly a hearth , or the fire within a hearth to represent the domestic and religious care for the family. The Many symbols of Hestia -Hestia is sometimes also depicted with a pig, the animal that was always sacrificed to her (Hestia would use the pig fat to keep the hearth up on Mount Olympus going). -The hearth represented the typical social, religious and political life of a Greek; the hearth was essential for warmth, food preparation, and the completion of sacrificial offerings to deities in the house. -In the middle of every Greek city, there was one big fire that was kept going that represented the spirit of the city. Hestia's effect on everyday life -Whenever colonists from that city would move somewhere else to start a new settlement, they would take a few embers from their home city and light the new settlement's fire with those few embers. Would Hestia be a good role model? -Hestia is known as the goddess of the house and family togetherness. In this time of the world when the divorce rate in the US is 29%, she would be considered a superhero to marriages. -Hestia was the firstborn daughter of Cronos and Rhea.
-First to be eaten by her father, she was the last to be disgorged.
-Hestia is the brother of Zeus
-First courted by Poseidon, she declined and therefore stayed a virgin goddess; one of the three goddesses not under the influence of Aphrodite.
-Hestia gave up her throne on Olympus to Dionysus because of her pacifist ways. A little background/Family relations -Hestia represents the house and hearth, and therefore would be the guardian of the family. Bibliography "Fast Fun Facts About Hestia, Greek Goddess of home and hearth.." Greece Travel - Travel to Greece. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <http://gogreece.about.com/cs/mythology/a/mythhestia.htm>.
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