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In Greek mythology, Despina (Δέσποινα, "mistress" or "queen") was the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon.[1] The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... This article is about the grain goddess Demeter. ... Neptune reigns in the city of Bristol. ...

In the myth, Demeter was searching for her lost daughter Persephone when Poseidon saw and desired her. To avoid him, she took the form of a mare, but he took the form of a stallion and forced his attentions on her. From this union Despina was born, as was the fabulous horse Arion. Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874) (Tate Gallery, London In Greek mythology, Persephone (Greek Περσεφόνη, Persephónē) was the Queen of the Underworld of epic literature. ... 13 year old Peruvian Paso mare A broodmare and foal In English, a mare (an old Germanic word) is a female horse; the word is also an etymological root of marshal (originally marescalcus horse servant). Mares are considered easier to handle than males, which are called stallions or after castration... In Greek mythology, Arion or Areion (Ancient Greek Άρείων) is a divinely-bred, extremely swift immortal horse that, according to the Latin poet Sextus Propertius, was also endowed with speech. ...

Due to her anger at this turn of events, Demeter took on the epithet Erinys, or raging.

In other forms of the myth the daughter's name was not mentioned, and was only to be revealed to initiates.

Despina was also used as an epithet for Aphrodite, Persephone, and Demeter. The Birth of Venus, (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1485 For other uses, see Aphrodite (disambiguation). ... Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874) (Tate Gallery, London In Greek mythology, Persephone (Greek Περσεφόνη, Persephónē) was the Queen of the Underworld of epic literature. ...

Despina is also represented in Hultan Lore from the regions of Hungry and Romania in which she is the eldest of 12 daughters of the High Sorcerer Valdyn Gorhid (noblemen thought to be involved in the Hultan or "Solomonari") Valdyn had twelve daughters and one son and was a noblemen of a patriarchal family. Despina was upset when her father told her she nor any of her sisters would inherit any of his powers when he died, and so they fled their fathers house to build a demonic army against him and the Solomonari; also know as the Order of the Dragon. Despina and her sisters eventually lost the war, Despina was sent to the underworld while the remaining sisters were removed of their ability to practice any magic other then simple alchemy. It is thought that modern day witchcraft descends from these eleven remaining sisters.


  1. ^ Pausanias 8.42.1.
  • H.R. Rose (1985) A Handbook of Greek Mythology, University Paperback, 1964.

this is a big fat lie Pausanias (Greek: ) was a Greek traveller and geographer of the 2nd century A.D., who lived in the times of Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. ... H.R. Rose is remembered as the author of A Handbook of Greek Mythology originally published in 1928, which for many years became the standard student reference book on the subject, reaching a sixth edition by 1958. ...



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