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Transcript of Hestia
Goddess of Home & The Hearth
took care of cooking the bread and preparation of family meals
goddess of the sacrificial flame
Oldest daughter of Cronus & Rhea
She had 3 brothers & 2 sisters
Brothers: Zeus, Hades, Poseidon
Sisters: Hera & Demeter
Story of Birth
When Hestia and her siblings were born, Cronus (their father) swallowed them alive. Zeus (not in his father's belly because of his mother) grew up and wanted to punish his father. So he compelled Metis (his lover, who he swallowed later) to give Cronus a drink that made him throw up all of the other children he ate. Technically first and last born!
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Poseidon & Apollo wanted to marry her, but she gave Zeus the oath that she would forever remain pure. So she never entered into a relationship with a man.
The Birth & Devouring of Hestia
Hestia's Declaration of Virginity
Hestia & Priapos
The god Priapos attempted to defile Hestia as she slept, following a drunken party. However, the braying of a donkey woke her up and she quickly called on the other gods to defend her.
Each city had a public hearth to worship Hestia. This hearth was never allowed to go out unless it was ritually/sacredly extinguished.
Hestia is not a very prominent figure in Greek Mythology. She is calm and respected and never left her home. She is often referred to as "The Forgotten Goddess".
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