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Hestia is one of the Greek goddesses. She is the goddess of the hearth, home, family, architecture, domesticity, and state. She is sometimes considered as one of the 12 Olympian gods and goddesses. However, Hestia gave up her throne and gave it to Dionysus.
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Key Facts & Information
THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY
- There was a life where the Olympian gods and goddesses ruled Earth.
- In Greek mythology, many different kinds of creatures are known.
- Argus, Cerberus, Cyclopes, Minotaurs, and Sirens are some examples.
- The gods and goddesses ruled over the land, sea, underworld, and even the past, present, and future time. They also had supremacy among the everyday practices in Greek Life. This included agriculture, love, marriage, handicraft, hunting, and many other things.
- Cronus – Hestia’s father was the god of time and King of the Titans. He was the supreme ruler of the Cosmos during the Golden Age. His primary symbol was the sickle.
- Rhea – Hestia’s mother was the goddess of comfort and ease. Her symbols were the moon and two lions.
- Hestia’s Siblings are the following:
- Zeus was the god of the gods and goddesses. He was the god of sky and lightning. The lightning bolt was his primary symbol. Zeus was also married to his sister, Hera.
- Hera was the queen of the gods and goddesses because she was married to Zeus. Hera was the goddess of marriage. The peacock, pomegranate, lion, and cow were her symbols.
- Poseidon was the god of the sea and earthquakes. The trident was his primary symbol.
- Demeter was the goddess of agriculture. Her primary symbol was wheat.
- Hades was the god of the underworld. He was married to Persephone.
THE BIRTH OF HESTIA
- The goddess, Hestia, was the daughter of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea.
- Zeus, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon were her siblings. Hestia was considered to be both the eldest and youngest daughter of the Titans.
- She was the first-born among the children. However, Cronus swallowed his children, fearing that one would have the courage to dethrone him.
- Being the eldest, Hestia was swallowed first. Her childhood was spent inside the stomach of her father.
- Zeus helped his siblings, and Cronus threw up his children. Being the first swallowed, Hestia was the last one to be thrown up. That is why she is said to be the eldest and youngest daughter of Cronus and Rhea.
THE IMAGE OF THE GODDESS
- Hestia is the goddess of hearth. It was described that she sometimes stands by a large fire.
- She is depicted as a humble, middle-aged woman. Hestia also used veils and carried a staff or flowers in her hands.
THE PROMISE OF EVERLASTING CHASTITY
- Hestia is one of the Three Virgin Goddesses. She is next to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Artemis, the goddess of hunt.
- However, Poseidon and Apollo wanted to marry her. The two Olympian gods fought over Hestia. To keep the peace between the gods and Olympus, Hestia vowed herself to eternal virginity.
- Once, Hestia’s promise of everlasting chastity was endangered. Priapus, the god of fertility, tried to rape the virgin goddess. However, a donkey started neighing. This saved Hestia from being raped. From that day, Hestia declared the donkey as her sacred animal.
WORSHIPPING THE GODDESS
- In every home in Greece, Hestia, the goddess of hearth, symbolizes the fire burning in the hearth.
- Zeus granted her the hearth in every home. The first offering of every household was given to Hestia, so Hestia is the most worshipped goddess.
- There was a temple that was built to honor the virgin goddess. Six virgins were assigned to serve inside the temple.
- If any of the chosen virgins broke the promise of everlasting chastity, an extreme punishment was given. The punishment was to bury them alive.
- There are some rituals that are associated with Hestia. Being the goddess of hearth, family, and home, most of the rituals are related to these things.
- One example of the rituals is related to a newborn child. It is said that, before the newborn child can be accepted as a member of the family, the child should be carried around the hearth of the home.
- Another ritual is about traveling. If a conqueror wanted to travel and build his city, he should take residue from his city’s heart and establish a new fire in the heart of the new city.
SIGNIFICANCE OF HESTIA
- The Greek gods and goddesses have their counterparts in Roman mythology. The Roman counterpart of Hestia is Vesta.
- Hestia did not have much significance in Greek Mythology. In his Iliad and Odyssey, Homer did not include Hestia. However, Apollodorus, Hesiod, and Ovid included Hestia in their works.
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