Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and agriculture, presiding over grains and the fertility of the earth. She also presided over the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. Her cult titles include Sito, "she of the Grain", as the giver of food or grain, and Thesmophoros, "Law-Bringer", as a mark of the civilized existence of agricultural society. Her Roman name was Ceres. Demeter is also the central figure in a mystery cult called the Eleusinian Mysteries (after their origin in the city of Eleusis).
Clerics devoted to Demeter are always members of the Eleusinian Mysteries. They preside at agricultural festivals, bless plantings and harvests, and lead new initiates into the Mysteries. Few are active in adventuring.
VestmentsPriests wear green, gold, or brown tunics.
TemplesDemeter's temples are widespread, and they range from elaborate structures to simple village shrines.
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Demeter holds sway over the earth's yearly cycle of growth and decay. Farmers in particular revere her, offering special prayers and sacrifices to her at planting, throughout the growing season, and at harvest time. Demeter urges her followers to treat the earth with care and respect, and she dictates agricultural procedures to ensure the continued fertility of the soil, such as rotating crops and leaving fields fallow.
She appears as a motherly woman, draped in robes the color of vegetation: lush green in the spring and summer, gold in autumn, and brown or black in winter which is when she mourns for her daughter, Persephone.
Demeter was a child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. She had five siblings. Three brothers (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades), and two sisters (Hestia and Hera). Persephone, the goddess of the Underworld is her child.