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Ker

Ker is the Proto-Indo-European root meaning ‘to grow’, and present in the word cereal, kernel (nucleus) and the name Ceres of the Roman Goddess who corresponded with Demeter, the Goddess of Eleusis.

We consider Ker the name of the Mother of Grain and Goddess of the Harvest. Inspired in Demeter, she is the Lady of Corn, a Horned Goddess; Her totemic animals are the cow, the deer, and all the horned mammals, that relate to the nurturing mother. The myth of Demeter and Persephone is the mystery of the grain, that need to be planted under the soil in the dark to grow on beauty during the spring. In the Wheel the mother Goddess is opposite to the Maiden.

In England and Scotland, the kernababy is a ‘puppet made out of the last gleanings of harvest (Andrew Lang), and is the representation of the Maiden as the one who harvest the land with the sickle. She is also called Ivy Girl or ‘Sweet Sis’ and she is equated with the Mama Zara Peruvian dolls.

ref.

Archaic England; Harold Bayley

Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Modern Mythology by Andrew Lang

The Civilization of the South American Indians; Rafael Karstem

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