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Demeter and the Force of Fire
In Greek mythology, Metaneira, the queen of Eleusis, had a little boy named Demophon. One day Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, turned into an old woman named "Doso" and asked for hospitality in Metaneira's house.
The queen felt pity for the old woman and wanted to help her. So she asked Demeter to serve as a wet nurse for Demophon, and the goddess agreed. Every day Demeter fed the child ambrosia, the food of the gods, and every night she burned him over the fire, stripping him of his mortal flesh to make him immortal.
But one night Praxithea, a woman charged with watching over the child, saw the child buried in the fire. Helpless, the woman began to cry out in pain. As a result, Demophon was consumed by fire and the goddess was forced to reveal her true identity.