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She is the First, and She is the Last. Eldest and Youngest Child of Heaven and Earth. The Hearth at the Center of Creation. Few myths and rites for Hestia survive from the classical world. A Goddess primarily of the domestic sphere, She was so central to ancient beliefs and practices that the Greeks actually wrote down very little about Her. She simply Was. And Is. And soShe is the First, and She is the Last. Eldest and Youngest Child of Heaven and Earth. The Hearth at the Center of Creation. Few myths and rites for Hestia survive from the classical world. A Goddess primarily of the domestic sphere, She was so central to ancient beliefs and practices that the Greeks actually wrote down very little about Her. She simply Was. And Is. And so we come to the purpose of this anthology: not just to present ancient material about the Goddess, but, more importantly, to fill in the gaps in belief, practice, and understanding which were not handed down through the intervening millennia. Within these pages, Her devotees recreate Her worship, craft new devotional practices, write new hymns and songs and even myths, develop new recipes, and create new artwork in Her honor. Hestia remains highly revered and respected, and new devotees are finding their way to Her. As in ancient days, she receives both the least and greatest of offerings. May she never be forgotten....

Title : First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia
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ISBN : 9781544055886
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 217 Pages
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First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia Reviews

  • Agathokles
    2018-12-05 01:25

    A great volume of devotional poetry and essays. The only real gripe I have is one essay where names being inconsistently spelt. Some Hellenic names or terms were given with the original Hellenic in brackets, sometimes with and sometimes without proper accents. In the Roman script also there was some inconsistency, as usually no accents were used, but then Agathos Daimon was shown with accents to show where it would have accents in Hellenic and with a macron to show the last o is an omega. That irked me somewhat, a little lack of editing on that essay. Other than that, no real complaints.

  • K
    2018-12-11 00:36

    Loved it. It's nice to read more on Her, especially from modern writers and worshipers of Hestia. There's not a whole lot on Her, so much of my worship comes from trial and error, reading others' experiences, and diving with the Goddess. This book is definitely joining the New Vesta Tradition books just below Hestia-Vesta's shrine. Just as I'm doing for this Vestalia, I'm going to make it a new tradition of reading this book every Vestalia from here on out. It's nice that I now have more hymns, prayers, and poems to read to Hestia, instead of the few historical ones that I have.