"Ceres" Ceres by mvtouring
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&b According to the classification of towns in hierarchy, Ceres is classified as the second most important town in the Breede River region next to Worcester. The region is fragmented internally by various mountain ranges with the result that no central service point exists in the spatial sense of the word. The net result is that Ceres becomes the most prominent town in the Witzenberg Municipality. All the main routes from the north of the region join in Ceres en-route to the Cape Metropole which adds to the importance of the town
&b Ceres is the roman name for the Greek goddess Demeter.The introduction of the cult to Ceres in Rome dates back to the year 496 BC and seems to follow from the siege of the city by the Etruscans, while Rome was threatened with famine.
For the Greeks Ceres was the Mother Goddess of the Earth. Seduced by Zeus she had a daughter from him, Persephone. Persephone happily grew up among the other daughters of Zeus, but being extremely sweet and beautiful her uncle Hades fell in love with her. One day while Persephone was picking flowers (the legend has it, it was a narcissus) the ground opened and Hades appeared and dragged her down into the Underworld. Persephone cried out as she disappeared but, while hearing her cry, when Ceres arrived to the place there was no sign of Persephone anymore. For nine days and nine nights Ceres wandered around the world with a lighted torch on either hand, looking for her beloved daughter. Only in the tenth day she met Helios, who sees everything, and he was able to tell her what had really happened. Ceres decided to abandon her divine role until her daughter was returned to her.
Ceres' self imposed exile from the divinities made the Earth sterile, so Zeus ordered Hades to return Persephone. But that was no longer possible. During her stay in the Underworld Persephone had eaten a pomegranate seed which linked her forever to Hades. A compromise was reached by which Ceres would return to Mount Olympus and Persephone would divide the year: half with her mother and the other half in the Underworld. This is why when Persephone leaves the Underworld to be with her mother the Earth blossoms, bringing Spring and Summer to the mortals as a sign of the joy of both deities. When time comes for Persephone to leave her mother for the Underworld, autumn and winter cover the Earth in sign of grieve.
&b Kagga Kama game reserve is not far from Ceres and it gives the visitor lots of peace and stillness. The rock formations in and around the area is absolutely fabulous.
- Pros:Lovely cherries
- Cons:Bit on the quiet side
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