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Cupid – a god known for love, affection and desire!

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | February 15th 2012 | Views:

According to the Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Goddess Venus also known as the Goddess of Hope and Mars, the God of War. Cupid is popularly known to have wings, a bow and arrows. But according to the Greek mythology, Cupid is known as Eros which means desire and is one the primeval Gods. But the story about him is similar in both the mythologies.

Venus, his mother gets jealous when mortal princess Psyche becomes so beloved to her people that they forget to worship Venus. So, she sends her son to make Psyche fall in love with him as revenge. But when Cupid sneaks in to her room to shoot one of his love arrows, he accidentally brushes one of the arrows and falls head over heels in love with Psyche. They started living together in a beautiful castle with seemingly invisible servants who went about doing all the household work. But one condition that Cupid had was that Psyche can never see Cupid and he came to the castle only in the nights. All was going well until Psyche’s sisters came to visit her and became jealous of the way Psyche was living. So they poisoned her mind and tempted her into seeing Cupid. So when Psyche sees him that night she realizes that her husband was a handsome man and not a monster as her sisters had predicted, he vanishes along with the castle and she finds herself alone on an empty land. Bent on finding her lost love, she goes in search of Cupid. Out of desperation, she approaches Venus and asks her help. Venus who had not forgiven her and she asks her to fulfill a series of deadly tasks. The first was to separate a room full of wheat, barley, lentils, etc. a series of ants came to her aid and finished the task before twilight. The enraged Goddess seeing that a mere mortal had completed a mammoth task gave her a more difficult second task. It was to gather wool from the golden sheep across the river. Though, the task was simple, a mortal cannot do it without divine help. The sea creatures come to her help and she completes the task within the allotted time. In the last task, she had to travel to Hades and bring back a precious box containing Persephone's beauty cream. On her return she decides to take some portion for herself, when she opens the box she will be assailed by perpetual sleep. Cupid finds her in that state and removes the perpetual sleep and asks her to finish the final task. Realizing her love for him, he forgives her and approaches Jupiter to appease Venus’s anger. Jupiter calls all the subjects and he makes her an immortal, she became to be known as Goddess Psyche. Though this is the general outline of the story, there are a lot of stories about Cupid which states different chain of events.

Cupid is often depicted as a naughty cherub with wings playing with his arrows. He is often portrayed as having two sets of arrows: one made of gold which symbolizes love and the other made of lead which symbolizes hatred. And there are other portrayals of him and his mother Venus which shows them playing with a horn or of Venus scolding him for being extremely naughty. Nowadays, Cupid is often portrayed as symbol of love. There are a lot of online sites and consultants for love and relationships that can be reached through anyone’s Home Phone Service, use the name Cupid as he is widely portrayed for love.

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance writer. He enjoys Roman and Greek Mythology and often chats with a few History professors through his Home Phone Service to gain more knowledge about these two interesting mythologies.

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