Meanwhile Lyncus, the King of Scythia, had become very jealous of Triptolemus and ordered his officials to kill Triptolemus. This way, he would be able to spread the rumor that he was the only one who brought culture to Scythia. However, Triptolemus was too strong to be beaten and Lyncus had to change his plans. So he decided to offer Triptolemus his hospitality, which Triptolemus happily accepted.
While Triptolemus was in deep slumber, Lyncus slowly entered the room, holding a sharp knife in his hands...but at the very moment the king raised his arm to kill his rival, a big hand reached out and grabbed his fist. It was none less than goddess Demeter.
“Lyncus, watch out!” she spoke and, all of a sudden, Lyncus transformed into a lynx, which quickly ran and hid himself inside the forest. Triptolemus was finally save and was free to leave Scythia and go on teaching agriculture to further tribes.This myth describes how agriculture was taught to the ancient Greeks, leading to the rise of their civilization.