Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cupid

Cupid is from the Roman Mythology from the Latin word, Cupido which means 'desire'. He was the god of desire, affection and erotic love. His parents were the goddess and god, Venus and Mars. In Greek mythology he was known as Eros who was also seen as one of the prim ordeal gods.
     Cupid was depicted has having wings, sometimes wearing a helmet, carrying a buckler, a bow and a quiver of arrows that some say were gold tipped.
     He was a very mischievous deity, who a lot of times got into trouble especially through the guidance of his mother. In a lot of art he is shown amusing himself just as a child would. Sometimes he is shown driving a hoop, throwing darts, catching a butterfly or flirting with nymphs.
     In one story, Venus became very jealous of the princess Psyche. She was loved by many men and her subjects. So much that they forgot to worship Venus, of course this made Venus angry. She ordered Cupid to make Psyche to fall in love with the most evilest thing world. As Cupid was sneaking into her room, he accidentally scratches himself with one of his arrows thus causing him to fall in love with Psyche.
     Cupid began to visit Psyche each night while she would be sleeping. He would speak with her as long as she didn't look at him. Eventually Psyche was informed by her two sisters that Cupid was a monster.  One night during Cupid's visit, she tried to look at him which in turn angered Cupid and he left never to return. Psyche looked all over the world for him. Her search lead her to seek out Jupiter. Jupiter took pity upon Psyche and gave her the gift of immortality so that she could be with Cupid.  Cupid and Psyche had a daughter name Voluptas or Hedone which means pleasure. Through time, Psyche became a goddess. Her name meaning soul.

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