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Thursday, 21 June 2007
09:36:29 PM (GMT)
From the early legend of Eros it is said that he was responsible for the embraces of
Uranus (Heaven or Sky) and Gaia (Earth), and from their union were born many
offspring. It was also written that Eros hatched our race and made it appear first
into the light (Birds, by Aristophanes). Although one of the oldest gods, he was a
latecomer to Greek religion. He was worshiped in many regions of Greece, at Thespiae
there was an ancient fertility cult, and in Athens he and Aphrodite had a joint cult.
Also in Athens the fourth day of every month was sacred to Eros. Sometimes Eros was
worshiped by the name Erotes (which is the plural of Eros); this personified all the
attractions that evoked love and desire, this included heterosexual and homosexual
allurements. Anteros (the Returner of Love also known as the god of Mutual Love) was
the brother of Eros, which comes from the version of which Aphrodite and Ares are
said to be the mother and father of Eros.

Eros is usually depicted as a young winged boy, with his bow and arrows at the ready,
to either shoot into the hearts of gods or mortals which would rouse them to desire.
His arrows came in two types: golden with dove feathers which aroused love, or leaden
arrows which had owl feathers that caused indifference. Sappho the poet summarized
Eros as being bitter sweet, and cruel to his victims, yet he was also charming and
very beautiful. Being unscrupulous, and a danger to those around him, Eros would make
as much mischief as he possibly could by wounding the hearts of all, but according to
one legend he himself fell in love. This legend tells us that Eros was always at his
mothers side assisting her in all her conniving and godly affairs. The legend goes on
to say that Aphrodite became jealous of the beauty of a mortal, a beautiful young
woman named Psyche. In her fit of jealousy Aphrodite asked Eros to shoot his arrow
into the heart of Psyche and make her fall in love with the ugliest man on earth. He
agreed to carry out his mothers wishes, but on seeing her beauty Eros fell deeply in
love with Psyche himself. He would visit her every night, but he made himself
invisible by telling Psyche not to light her chamber. Psyche fell in love with Eros
even though she could not see him, until one night curiosity overcame her. She
concealed a lamp and while Eros slept she lit the lamp, revealing the identity of
Eros. But a drop of hot oil spilt from the lamp awakening the god. Angered she had
seen him Eros fled and the distraught Psyche roamed the earth trying in vain to find
her lover. In the end Zeus took pity and reunited them, he also gave his consent for
them to marry. There are variations of this legend but most have the same outcome.

Kisame32 says:   22 June 2007   518872  
y, y do write this dose eny one care
Thingie456 says :   24 June 2007   772922  
i rit it because i want to. y r u kisame then?


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