I like the story of Baubo a lot. I think of her as a human or a Demi-God of Greek mythos.
Greek Goddess of Mirth
Who is this mystery woman? She is Baubo, a fun-loving, bawdy, jesting, sexually liberated—yet very wise—goddess who plays a crucial, healing role in the Eleusian mysteries of ancient Greece.
She remains a much-honored figure today among many women—celebrated as a positive force of female sexuality and the healing power of laughter. Her power and energy have survived in the spirits of women down through the centuries.
Because of the scarcity of written references—and the contradictory nature of the writings that we do have—she is a mysterious figure in many ways.
Much of the mystery surrounding the Baubo arises from literary connections between her name and the names of other goddesses. Baubo is sometimes referred to as the goddess Iambe, the daughter of Pan and Echo described in the legends of Homer.
To avoid confusion, we shall refer to her simply as Baubo.
This brings us to the story in which Baubo and Demeter met up, as told in the Eleusian mysteries. Baubo is best known from this story, where she appears as a middle-aged servant to King Celeus of Eleusis.
According to the myths, Demeter was wandering the Earth in deep mourning over the loss of her beloved daughter, Persephone, who had been abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld. Abandoning her goddess duties of bringing fertility to the land, she took refuge in the city of Eleusis. The disheartened goddess, disguised as an old woman, was welcomed into the home of the king.
Everyone in the king’s household tried to console and lift the spirits of the severely depressed woman, but to no avail—until Baubo showed up. The two women started chatting, with Baubo making a numerous humorous risqué remarks. Demeter began to smile. Then, Baubo suddenly lifted her skirt in front of Demeter.
Different versions of this tale provide very different images of what Demeter saw under Baubo’s skirt, but whatever she saw, it finally lifted her out of her depression. She responded by laughing hysterically and the winters turned to spring!
Ultimately, with her spirits and confidence restored, Demeter persuaded Zeus to command Hades to release Persephone. So, thanks to the lewd antics of Baubo, all was once again right in the world.
I like Baubo & women like her who have quick wit & a healthy sense of humour. What can I say, I find witty women sexy.
“This has been very educational.” – Kentaro Oe (Golden Boy)