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Profile of eros, greek god of passion and lust
While the standards of beauty may have changed throughout the centuries, all humans share an inescapable biological urge to procreate. Feelings of love and lust are therefore extremely important and have influenced even our deities—who, after all, are usually reflections of our own characteristics. Various other aspects of Aztec life, such as flowers, pregnancy, god of lust prostitutes, also fell under her domain, making her one of the more popular deities of the time—a feast in which her devotees dressed up in animal masks was held every eight years.
Because of her affinity for marriage, she was often believed to be the wife of the rain god Tlaloc. Unlike most Aztec fertility goddesses, Xochiquetzal was usually depicted as a beautiful young womanwhich caused her problems with some of the more misogynistic gods of their pantheon. While still married to Tlaloc, she was kidnapped by Tezcatlipoca, the god of the night, and forced to marry him, after which she was enthroned as the goddess of love.
By another of her husbands she was also the mother of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god of Aztec mythology. However, she was also the goddess of love, perhaps because she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
However, when the other Irish deities found out about this, they conspired to get her back. Depending on the source, she was either returned to Tir Tairngire or drowned in the sea. A relatively minor deity of Chinese mythology, Tu Er Shen—or Hu Tianbao, as he was known when he was mortal—is the god of homosexual love and marriage. Born during the Qing dynasty, Hu Tianbao found himself attracted to an official of the local government, spying on him naked through a hole in his bathroom wall.
When his peeping was discovered, Tianbao was beaten to death. Moved by his unrequited love, the gods of the underworld took pity on him and restored him to life as the deity of homosexual relationships.
Perhaps because they were used as a slang term for homosexual men, rabbits are considered a symbol of homoerotic love in China, and Tu Er Shen is often depicted as a rabbit in the few shrines dedicated to him. Sadly, in many of the places where he is worshiped, homosexual activity remains a punishable criminal offense. One of the most popular, and longest-lasting, of the Egyptian goddesses, Hathor was mentioned as early as the second dynasty around BCand perhaps even before that.
Since she survived for so long, Hathor took on a of roles, including spells as the goddess of love, beauty, mining, and music. However, it was her time as the Eye of Ra which led to her most interesting stories. When the bloodthirsty goddess got out of control, Ra tried to stop his daughter—but failed.
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Just before she killed every last person on Earth, Ra managed to get her drunk. Hathor immediately forgot what she was doing and returned to normal. In another, possibly equally disturbing story, she performed a striptease for her father in order to cheer him up. Much like his Roman counterpart, he often took the form of a young winged boycomplete with bow and arrow. He was fiercely loyal to his mother—although he was prone to fits of disobedience. That rebellious aspect of the god showed up prominently in his most famous myth.
A young woman named Psyche was born and proclaimed to be so beautiful as to be the second coming of Aphrodite. As was her nature, the goddess was angered and sent Eros to shoot her with her arrow and cause her to fall in love with the ugliest man on Earth as punishment.
Betrayed by his love, the god fled and Psyche wandered the Earth until Zeus agreed to let them get married. More popularly known as the wife of Kama, the god of love, Rati herself plays a large role in love and lust in Hinduism. With a of names, most of which speak to her immense beauty, it seems obvious Rati would be the goddess of desire.
Depending on the source, she is the daughter of either Daksha or Brahma.
Rati immediately killed herself as well they were both quickly resurrected. In revenge, he killed Kama, turning him to ash with his third eye. The best known version of the story has Rati persuade Shiva to revive her husband, with the caveat that Kama is to be invisible for eternity.
The goddess of beauty and love, especially of the erotic kind, Oshun is extremely popular among the West African followers of the Yoruba religion. Renowned for her beauty, she is usually depicted as a woman adorned with jewelry, although she is sometimes shown as a mermaid. Oshun is also preeminent among the female deities of the Yoruba religion and demands the respect that title deserves.
When the gods were first creating the Earth, and they neglected to ask Oshun to assist, she made it impossible for them to make anything until they came to her for help. Due to her reputation for complete purity, Oshun is also often associated with fresh water, an extremely important resource for the people of Western Africa.
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In addition, she also protects women and children during childbirth and is also seen as a protector from diseases, especially smallpox. The god of married love, Hymen was a lesser-known god of the Greek pantheon. While Hymen was trying to court her, she was kidnapped by pirates, along with a of other young women some versions of the myth even have Hymen taken by the pirates because his beauty made them mistake him for a woman. Whatever the reason, Hymen found himself on the ship and killed the god of lustsaving the girls, and convincing his love to marry him.
Their marriage was so successful that it became the ideal to which every Greek couple aspired—his name was included in the wedding songs in order to invoke his blessing. The best known story involving Yue Lao is that of Wei Gu and his quest to find a wife. After years of unsuccessful attempts, Wei Gu came upon Yue Lao reading from the book of marriages. Insisting he know who his future wife was, Wei Gu was shown a vision of an old woman with a young child, living in poverty. Distraught that the old woman was to be his wife, Wei Gu ordered his servant to kill the young child, though she escaped serious injury.
After years passed, he finally found a suitable wife and noticed she had a scar. When Wei Gu asked about it, he was astonished to find that she had been the young child he tried to have killed although he probably never told her; some secrets are best kept hidden.
However, unlike most of the other deities on this list, Freyja had a vicious bad side, full of greed, jealousy, and evil deeds. In addition, Freyja would constantly scour the Earth for her husband, who would go missing from time to time, crying tears of red gold as she searched.
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She did have one tremendous advantage over the other deities on this list—her favored mode of transportation was a chariot pulled by cats. All. Who's Behind Listverse?
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