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In Ancient Greece the Small Rites of Eleusis or Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries were secret rituals that took place during the month of Anthesterion (February). The religious rites celebrated the myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter, Persephone. We do not know much about the Rites as the participants were sworn to secrecy, though we are aware of the fact that they fasted in commemoration of Demeter’s fasting while searching for Persephone. According to Greek Mythology, Persephone was abducted to the underworld by Pluto, the chthonic god of the underworld. Demeter left the mount of Olympus, the home of the gods, and searched for her daughter on earth for nine days, during her quest she did not eat ambrosia or drink nectar. The etymology of the name Demeter has its origins in the Greek words δα (earth) and μήτηρ (mother) and means Earth–Mother. Demeter taught humanity the secrets of agriculture and the art of making bread. First, she chose to teach the secrets of agriculture and the art of making bread to the hero Triptolemus, then she gave him her chariot drawn by dragons and lots of wheat in order to educate the whole of humanity. The meaning of Triptolemus’ name is “He who Pounds the Husks”.
After the fasting the participants of the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries ate pelanos, a wheat and barley bread. I am guiding you through the magical process of breadmaking with an easy pelanos bread recipe. Succumb to the magnetism of the secret rites and feel the magic of turning water and flour into divine food.
The Ancient Greek Pelanos Bread Recipe For Demeter was first published on March 9, 2018 in Mookychick Magazine.