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Do you know who Cupid is?

Do you know who Cupid is?

The cupid we now hold dear as a mascot to Valentine’s Day and love represented as a chubby baby flying around with a quiver of arrows. Anyone struck by cupid’s arrow will fall in love.  As with most things, Cupid started out as something different and has morphed down through the ages. 

Greek Eros, God Of Love

The Greeks called him Eros, the god of love. Hesiod Theogony from around 700 B.C. describes him as one of the original deities created when the universe was. Later on, other authors described him as the son of Nyx and Erebus; Aphrodite and Ares; Iris and Zephyrus; or maybe Aphrodite and Zeus.

Eros carried two kinds of arrows in his quiver. If shot with his golden arrow, the victim would fall madly in love. If shot with his leaden arrow, the victim would develop a strong dislike for the person. One Greek myth claims Eros shot a golden arrow at Apollo causing him to fall in love with Daphne. He then shot Daphne with a leaden arrow, and she couldn’t stand the sight of Apollo.  OUCH!

Roman Cupid

Later, the Roman version of Eros was named Cupid.  He was the son of Mercury and Venus.  Cupid was depicted as a winged messenger sometimes wearing armor.  Some think the armor represents a comparison between love and war.  Other think it represented love conquering all. People saw him as a matchmaking that sometimes caused mischief. Over time Cupid morphed from a handsome winged messenger to a chubby baby.

Cupid’s Chokehold

There is a cute music video called “Cupid’s Chokehold” by Gym Class Heroes.  It depicts a problem many people can relate to, especially when young when it is easy to fall in and out of love. Cupid shoots the main character with an arrow.  He falls desperately in love. He writes his Mom and calls his Dad telling them “This is it!”… She’s the one!”.  Their reaction says it all…”Here we go again!”  Of course, things turn sour.  Not to fear, Cupid shoots another arrow, and off we go again (and again).  Cupid gets his in the end (literally).  Check it out!



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