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Among the mythical Greek goddesses who were worshiped widely by mortals was Hebe – the goddess of beauty who personified youthfulness and charm. This elegant goddess was the daughter of Hera and Zeus and was renowned for her ethereal beauty. In Greek dialect, the name Hebe means youth and she is rumored to have had the power to infuse youthfulness into the old and forgotten mortals. She was the provider and giver of nectar – the drink that gods drank to remain immortal. Hebe served as the handmaiden to Hera, and also helped in preparing the royal chariot of her parents. She was Hercules’s wife and bore him two children Alexiares and Anicetus.
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In Greek mythology Demeter is the divine deity of harvest and grain. Her parents were the Titan Gods Kronos and Rhea. A unique quality about Demeter was her close relationship with the people that worshiped her. Instead of residing on Mount Olympus like other gods and goddesses, she preferred to stay at the many temples her devotees built in her honor. Demeter was the goddess of the people and always preferred to stay close to them. Mostly worshiped by farmers, this goddess blessed them with good harvest of crops. The creator of seasons, Demeter could control them. Persephone, the daughter of Demeter was abducted by Hades who took her to the underworld and this led the goddess to lose her mind and caused her deep hurt leading to the beginning of winter season that appears so dark and gloomy. It signifies Persephone’s departure to the underworld. And when its spring time, the weather looks all happy indicating her return to Demeter from the underworld.
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In this list of Greek goddesses, the name of the goddess of hearth-Hestia has to feature for she was the sister of the supreme Gods – Poseidon, Zeus and Hades. She was a virgin goddess and was the love interest of Poseidon and Apollo. But, as she had solemnly promised Zeus that she would forever remain a virgin, Hestia never married any mortal or god. To ancient Greeks, this goddess represented a peaceful domestic life and warmth that exudes when the hearth is lit up with fire, thereby offering satisfaction to the whole household.
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Representing the eternal mist or light, Achlys symbolized sadness and grief. This goddess can be seen in the form of a pale woman on Heracles’s shield. Her portrayal looks dismal with an emancipated appearance, her knees swollen, cheeks bloody and long creepy nails. She is also portrayed as though she is covered in dust and grime.
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The Goddess Ananke is a divine personification of force, inevitability and necessity in Greek mythology. Most depictions show her in the form of a woman holding a spindle. Such was her powerful persona that gods and mortals respected her. There are many accounts of her and in each she is represented in a different way. For example, Ananke is shown in the form of a serpentine figure that comes out at the formation of dawn and is self-formed. This account is mentioned in Orphic mythology. In this serpentine avatar, she is shown with her arms outstretched, engulfing the cosmos. Ananke along with Chronos are shown mingled with each other around the cosmos. The ancient Greek traveler Pausanias offers another account according to which Ananke had a temple dedicated to her in Corinth where she is worshiped along with Bia, the deity repressing violence and haste.