Facts About The Goddess Hestia

This story is about the Greek goddess Hestia that represents family.


Bella Lopez, Contributor

Thanksgiving is all about family, and Hestia is the goddess of family. Some facts about her are that she is the Ancient Greek goddess of the hearth, home, and family. She is one of the Twelve Olympian goddesses. In Greek mythology, it is said that Hestia’s father Cronus swallowed all of his children and Hestia was the first born, so she was consumed first. Apollo and Poseidon wanted to marry Hestia, but she rejected both of them. Hestia’s symbols are the fire, and the kettle. The word ‘Hestia’ literally means ‘hearth’ in Greek, which is the floor of the fireplace. Her Roman name is Vesta. Hestia was in charge of maintaining the hearth and fire of Mount Olympus. The fire was used for cooking portions of animal sacrifices that were made to the gods, and keeping the home of the gods warm. Hestia taught people how to build a home, and helped to keep families at  peace. The goddess is characterized as forgiving and kind, and the most gentle and mild of all the gods. Her weaknesses were being cold and mild.

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