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A Roman goddess of harvest and fertility,  and also a mother goddess.  According to mythology,   during the Winter part of the year when her daughter Proserpina remains in the Underworld as the consort of Pluto, Ceres grieves and causes all vegetation on Earth to wither and become barren.  In the Spring when Proserpina returns to her,  Ceres rejoices and makes all the flowers and trees return to life.

In Greek mythology,   Ceres is called Demeter and is the goddess of agriculture,  whose daughter Persephone (like Proserpina) must spend part of the year in the Underworld in a nearly identical myth.

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