Her name literally means “hearth” and her priorities were family and community.
Like Athena and Artemis was a virgin goddess.
As the goddess of the hearth she personified the fire burning in the hearth of every home in Greece.
Hestia was always receiving the first offering at every sacrifice in the household with families pouring sweet wine in her name and dedicating the richest portion of food to her.
Though Hestia did not have a public cult, she was worshipped at any temple, regardless of the god the temple was dedicated to.
Hestia is described as a kind, forgiving and discreet goddess with a passive, non-confrontational nature.
Hestia was the eldest daughter of Cronos and Rhea.
Howard David Johnson
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