A Month of Devotional Thought — Hestia: Day 4

Today’s topic is to share a favorite a favorite myth about this Goddess. This is made both simpler and more difficult by the LACK of myths from the Classical Period about her. Although there is evidence of the importance of the role that Hestia played in society because of archaeological sources there is almost nothing in the mythography about her. The only verifiable Hellenic myths that I was able to find about her were the stories of her birth (which she shares with the other children of Chronos and Rhea) and the story of how — to preserve peace between the Gods — she swore never to marry, thus denying both her brother Poseidon and her nephew Apollon when they sought her hand.

According to the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, this is the reason that she is accorded the honor of being granted the first portion of any sacrifice. It is interesting that it is in a hymn to a different goddess that the story is found because the Homeric Hymns in Hestia’s honor don’t make mention of it, but rather of her role in the cosmos.

Other information dealing with her is more appropriate for other posts later in the month, so I will save it for then.

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