Baubo


In Greek mythology, the old woman Baubo jested with Demeter when she was mourning the loss of her daughter Persephone. Baubo, sometimes spelled as Babo, was a woman of Eleusis, whom Hesychius calls the nurse of Demeter.

Whilst wearing a disguise, Demeter was the guest of King Celeus in Eleusis. The lame daughter of the King, Iambe, tried to console Demeter with comically lascivious verses, and a dry nurse, old Baubo, persuaded her to drink barley-water by a jest: she groaned as if in great travail and, unexpectedly, produced from beneath her skirt Demeter’s own son Iacchus, who leapt into his mother’s arms and kissed her.

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