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Daeira, that is, "the knowing," a divinity connected with the Eleusinian mysteries. According to Pausanias (i. 38. ┬ž 7) she was a daughter of Oceanus, and became by Hermes the mother of Eleusis ; but others called her a sister of Styx ; while a third account
represents her as identical with Aphrodite, Demeter, Hera, or Persephone. (Apollon. Rhod. iii. 847; Eustath, ad Hom. p. 648.)

My dream forbade the description of the things within the wall of the sanctuary, and the uninitiated are of course not permitted to learn that which they are prevented from seeing. The hero Eleusis, after whom the city is named, some assert to be a son of Hermes and of Daeira, daughter of Ocean; there are poets, however, who have made Ogygus father of Eleusis. Ancient legends, deprived of the help of poetry, have given rise to many fictions, especially concerning the pedigrees of heroes. Pausanias


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