It is considered probable that the festival was originally held in honour of Athena, but that the growing importance of the Eleusinia caused it to be attached to Demeter and Kore.
Overbeck, "Demeter and Kore" in Griechische Kunstmythologie, ii.
jial no kOi tada benevolence of conduct only kore nomi.
Myth explained it as a celebration of the capture of Kore by Plouton.'
Their cult at an early date was united with that of Demeter and Kore, with the result that two pairs of Cabeiri appeared, Hephaestus and Demeter, and Cadmilus and Kore.