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Greek Goddess - Hestia

An introduction of the Greek Goddess - Hestia - as a preview for the famous myth, The Odyssey, for English class.
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on 20 March 2011

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Virginity & Chastity Parents: Kronos and Rhea
Sister of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and Demeter
Belongs to the 12 God Cycle (but was replaced by and is a Wife of Hephaestus Information:

1. Spathari, Elizabeth. Greek Mythology: Cosmogony, Gods-Heroes & Their Worship, The Trojan War, The Odyssey. New Edition ed. Athens: Dim. Papadimas Reg't, 2008. Print. None.

2. Thayer, Roger. "Hestia, Greek Goddess of Hearth and Home." Goddess Gift: Meet the Goddesses Here. 06 Nov. 2007. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/greek_goddess_Hestia.htm>.

3. "Hestia: Greek Goddess of the Hearth." Women in Greek Myths. HostMySite.com, 11 Jan. 2008. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.paleothea.com/SortaSingles/Hestia.html>.

4. Atsma, Aaron J. "HESTIA : Greek Goddess of the Hearth, Home & Cooking ; Mythology ; Pictures : HISTIA, VESTA." THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY, Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art. Theoi Project, 09 Oct. 2007. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://www.theoi.com/Ouranios/Hestia.html>.

Pictures:

5. Google Images

6. Crum, Robert. "Classical Mythology & More » Comic." Classical Mythology & More. WordPress, 05 Sept. 2008. Web. 18 Mar. 2011. <http://mythology.bolchazy.com/wordpress/?cat=4&paged=2>. No... We're not going to talk about virginity and chastity...ok a little bit. Zeus ordered to honor Hestia by having a hearth with ever-burning fires in each of the Greek cities.

Romans worshippd same goddess but with the name of Vesta

Whenever a sacrifice was offered, Hestia would need to be invoked first. Similarly, the first libation would be honouring her.

Libation (the act of pouring a liquid offering) - fruit, water, oil, wine, and cows of one year old Actually, we're going to introduce a really unique goddess....
but sadly unknown to the modern world... Symbol: hearth, eternal flame, crane, candle, kettle, cauldron, torch, broom, crane, pig, donkey The Goddess of Hearth, Cooking, Sacred Fire, Candles...and so on... 1. Purity Ring (Chastity Ring)

A ring which represents chastity, originted in US in 1990 by Christians.

Wearing a purity ring usually comes with a religious vow UNTIL MARRIAGE.

Different than Hestia who made a vow to be a virgin FOREVER. Hestia Hestia Hestia Hestia !! Profile Domain: virgin goddess of the hearth, architecture, right ordering of domesticity (home), and family. Represents: virginity + chastity Relationships Most commonly seen as a goddess sitting on a plain wooden throne with a white woolen cushion under her feet. Personality: kind, loving, tender, tolerant, forgivingmild, gentle, peaceful, dignified, calm, stable, welcoming, speaks little, and most importantly, well-centered. Roman name: Vesta Duties/Responsibilities: protects family sacred; fire/hearth and presides over domestic life; "Keeper of the Reserves" in Mt. Olympus. Also known as: "Chief of the Goddesses" , "Hestia, First and Last", "The Forgotten Goddess" Meaning of "Hestia" : the "essence", the "true nature of things", and "hospitality" Connection to
Popular Culture 2. Restaurant Names

Because Hestia represents a sense of hospitality, the word Hestia is mostly heard today as the names of restaurants and inns rather than the Greek goddess.

Makes people think that whether "Hestia" is the name of a franchise or not.... <sigh> An example would be........ Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant
(In Philippines) Fresh Hestia Green Salad !!?? Worship Citation Summary Although Hestia gave up her title of being one of the 12 Olympians for Dionysus and is mostly forgotten in modern world , she is a silent but contributing goddess that has deterred the happenings of several wars and offered great comfort to those in need.

Hestia is associated with the comfort and warmth of the hospitable fireplace. Like the tranquil flames emitting from the welcoming hearth, Hestia is a serene goddess that gives us sense of security, safety, comfort, and peace, helping us accept the beauty of the nature and truth of our lives with interior grace and elegance. Thank you for listening! Hearth Fireplace Home Hestia Zeus Poseidon Hades Hera Demeter Hestia Due to the fact that Hestia seldom goes out and stays at the family home (Mt. Olympus), there are little interactions with the lesser Gods of Olympus and the Gods of the waters, thus having rare relationships. This is also why there are only a few myths or so that feature Hestia as the main character.

Even so, there are some prominent stories about the relationships between Apollo, Poseidon, Priapus, and Hestia. Now let's take a look at their stories... Kronos Rhea 12 Olympians: Dionysus was offered a seat among the Olympians, but that meant the total number of Olympians would become 13. Seeing that this situation could cause a catastrophic war, Hestia decided to step down, transferring her seat to Dionysus. Hestia is a goddess that is not mentioned very much in the Greek Mythology due to her ''mind my own business'' personality. Quick Biography Hestia's parents were the Titans, Kronos and Rhea. She was their first child. However, Kronos, who was worried and fearful by a prophecy that stated one of his children will grow up to take away his throne, swallowed the infant Hestia hastily (first to be swallowed) and her brothers and sisters to prevent the happening of the prophecy. Hestia was born from Kronus and Rhea. First born. And also the last born. Wait....What?? Maiden diety like Artemis and Athena. Took an oath to remain a virgin forever after Apollo and Poseidon sought for her hand. This action ended the unwanted attention by men. Afterwards, following the birth of Zeus, the woeful goddess Rhea decided to trick her husband in swallowing a rock that was wrapping in swaddling (baby's "shirt") instead of Zeus, causing Kronos to vomit up all the babies that he had swallowed. Since Hestia was the first one to be swallowed, she was the last to be disgorged. She didn't have the characteristics of power or adventure (like Athena and Artemis, the other virgin....unmarried goddesses). Importance: Her announcement of being a virgin averted a possible war between her suitors (especially Apollo and Poseidon). Zeus was extremely grateful of this action, thus supported Hestia's will of being a virgin and even decreed that her name shall be mentioned first in any prayer. In addition, Zeus handed the keys to the family home (Mt. Olympus), making Hestia the manager of the home. Sanctuary: Hestia was considered the originator of the concept of "sanctuary". It is crucial to offer assistance and hospitality to those who are in need. Architecture/House: Homes should be built from the center out with a fireplace situated in the center. Hestia's vision towards home is that it's a place where one's soul, body, and spirit should be replenished and nurtured. Although both Poseidon and Apollo wanted to marry Hestia, she already swore upon Zeus' head that she would never get married, thus rejecting both of them. Therefore, Zeus offered her great honors instead of marriage and proclaimed that she will be the sacred symbol of the center of the household. It was also said that Hestia was the first to discover how to build houses. Because of this, almost all Greeks had a shrine to honor her in every single house. Myths/Stories
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