E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
was held sacred by the ancient Cretans, because Jupiter was suckled by a sow; it was immolated in the mysteries of Eleusis; was sacrificed to Hercules, to Venus, the Lares (2 syl.), and all those who sought relief from bodily ailments. The sow was sacrificed to Ceres (2 syl.), because it taught men
to turn up the earth; and in Egypt it was slain on grand weddings on account of its fecundity.