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Greek Gods and Goddess: Rarus

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Introduction to Rarus

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Rarus and the myths and legends surrounding Rarus, Rarus relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Rarus

Was said to be a son of Cranaus? And may be the father of Triptolemus, by an unnamed daughter of Amphictyon, but another source makes Celeus [caller] the king of Eleusis the father of Triptolemus and Demophon. It was recorded that while Demeter was searching for her daughter Persephone and came the Celeus's palace, disguised as an old lady calling herself Doso, he took her in and made her the nurse of two sons by Metanira. Demeter wished to reward his kindness and decided to make Demophon immortal but was interrupted before she could finish the ceremony and decided to teach Triptolemus [thrice daring] the art of agriculture, and he in turn would teach anybody who wanted to know, thus mankind learned how to plant, grow and harvest cereals. I think it would be realistic to believe Cranaus was the father of Triptolemus, for he represented what was really perhaps a rocky headland or cliff. The meaning of Rarus, as abortive child or womb refers to the womb of mother earth, or corn mother from which the corn grew. There is also a connection to the Eleusinian mysteries, for the Rarus, Rar or Rharian field was located in Eleusis and it was supposedly where the first plot of grain was sown.

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