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Metaneira was the mother of the maidens who found Demeter. She immediately insisted that Demeter stay with them in their home. She took care of Demeter, who thankfully appreciated her. However, as a reward, Demeter intended to make Metaneira's son Demophoon immortal, but the process involved putting him in a fire. Metaneira screamed in terror at this horrid sight, and this outburst enraged Demeter who demanded that a temple be built for her. Metaneira's husband Celeus thus gathered everyone.

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