In Greek mythology Chione or Khione (from Greek χιών - chiōn, "snow"), the nymph or minor goddess of snow, was the daughter of Boreas, the North Wind, and Oreithyia, an Athenian princess whom he abducted. Her siblings included Zetes, Calaides and Cleopatra, the wife of Phineus. She was loved by Poseidon and had with him a son Eumolpus. In fear of her father's wrath, she cast the child into the sea, but Poseidon saved him and entrusted him to the care of Benthesikyme. The Eumolpidae in charge of the Eleusinian mysteries claimed descent from her, as the mother of Eumolpus with Poseidon.
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