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All About Pan
demeter and persephone myth
Fates, Furies, and Graces
Greek Monsters and Mythical Creatures
Greek Mythology in Popular Culture
Greek Myths Including Hera
Other Greek Gods
Penelope and Telemachus
Popular Greek Myths
The Iliad, Epic Poem told by Homer
The Odyssey - Circe
The Odyssey - Polyphemus
The Odyssey - The Laestrygones
The Odyssey - The Lotus Eaters
The Odyssey - Underworld
The Odyssey- Cattle of Helios
The Trojan Horse
Goddess’s name- Hestia
Roman name- Vesta
In Greek mythology Hestia, the virgin Daughter of Cronus and Rhea, is the goddess of hearth and of family life. Her siblings are
. As the goddess of family hearth she also watches over the cooking of bread and the preparation of family meals.
For ancient Greeks, every day began and ended with a ritual requesting that Hestia protect and nurture families. It was a time to ask for her to bless others and to show her respect.
Hestia's vision of a home was a place someone would want to come back to and feel welcomed. Hestia is associated with the warmth and comfort of welcoming fireplaces. Hestia thought that house should be built from the center out with the center containing her sacred flames.
Hestia is also the goddess of sacrificial flame. The living flames of Hestia were tended constantly and were never allowed to die out. Her flames represented the energy of all life. The Olympic torch is one example of living flames that has survived modern times. Another example of Hestia's living flames is the ritual of a bride and groom lighting a candle together.
Hestia has power over alter, hearths, town halls, and states. The town hall is a meeting place for citizens to discuss the community’s affairs.
One of Hestia's most important responsibilities is to make sure that all the equipment and clothing of the gods is in good condition and that the pantry doesn't run out of food and wine for all the god and goddess. Hestia is the keeper to the key of all the supplies for Mount Olympus.
Hestia's symbol is the key to the supplies of Mt. Olympus
Below is a video describing Hestia in a poem.
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