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Kore, the girl, is the youthful goddess of grain in the Greek pantheon. She is more commonly known as Persephone, the daughter of Demeter. She is believed to be the spirit of the grain, which distinguishes her from her mother, the giver of grain. This deity was depicted on coinage as a woman's head adorned with ears of grain. She is integral to the Eleusinian Mysteries in which she is abducted by Hades, resulting in distressing her mother and blighting nature. At Samaria-Sebaste, in Syrio-Palestine, Kore was the only deity worshipped, apart from the emperor. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 135

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