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God & Goddess of Love Around The World

Every culture in the world celebrates love, beauty & sensuality. You will find in every culture there is a dedicated god or goddess to love. When you think of Valentine's day, Cupid perhaps comes to your mind first. But what about gods & goddesses of other cultures? What are their origins? Their stories? We will have a look at them in this article.

1. Cupid - Cupid is the first god which comes to mind when you think of Valentine's day. Cupid is the Roman god of love. He is the Roman equivalent of Eros. It is believed that Cupid was the son of Mercury & goddess Venus. 

What picture comes to your mind when you think of Cupid? Perhaps a chubby infant with wings? Yes that's Cupid! He also holds bows & arrows with which he shoots at humans. When he shoots arrows, those two people end up falling in love. But Cupid is mischievous, often shooting the wrong people - making them fall in love. 

There is a famous legend about how Cupid met his wife Psyche. According to the legend, Cupid's mother Goddess Venus was jealous of Psyche's beauty. So she orders Cupid to punish her. Cupid agrees but after a series of events, ends up falling for Psyche. He then made Psyche his immortal wife. 

2. Aphrodite - Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love & beauty. She is the equivalent of Roman Goddess Venus. She has a son named, Eros who is considered the Roman God of Love.

Aphrodite was married by mistake to a smith god but she had a multitude of lovers. One of her favourites was the warrior god, Ares. It was with Ares that she had a son Eros, the Roman God of Love. Her human lovers include the very handsome Adonis. 

The festival Aphrodisiac was held in honour of her. She is also known as the god of fertility.

3. Eros - Eros is the Greek god of love. He is the Greek equivalent of Cupid. It is believed that Eros was the son of the warrior god, Ares & Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

Eros is portrayed as a handsome adult who carries bow & arrow. Like Cupid, if he shoots a person with his arrow, the person ends up falling in love. The legend goes that after being struck by Eros' arrow, the victim falls in love with the first person he sees. The Greek God of love is often shown portrayed as being blindfolded because love is blind afterall.

Eros is also considered as the protector of homosexual love. He was worshiped along with his mother, Aphrodite in a fertility cult in Thespiae & Athens.

4. Venus - Venus is the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex & fertility. She is the Roman equivalent of goddess Aphrodite. Like Aphrodite, she also had a multitude of lovers. 

Goddess Venus was the mother of Cupid. You may heard the popular axiom - Men are from Mars & women are from Venus. In the Roman mythology, Mars & Venus are lovers. That's where the popular axiom comes from. You read more about Venus here.

Venus is portrayed as a beautiful woman with stunning features & a feminine charm. Very often, people get confused between Venus & Aphrodite. The only difference between them is that they belong to different mythologies - to Roman & Greek, respectively.

5. Rati - She is the Hindu goddess of love, lust & sexual desire. The name "Rati" in Sanskrit means the pleasure of love, sensual passion & delight.

She is very beautiful & feminine. She is described as a goddess who has the power to captivate the God of Love Kamadeva. Rati is believed to be the consort of Lord Kama. She is also Lord Kama's assitant & companion. Together, they are a symbol of perfect loving relationship.

6. Kamadeva - Kamadeva is the Hindu god of love. The name "Kama" means desire & "deva" means god. Thus the name "Kamadeva". Sometimes he is also reffered to as Manmatha.

He is portrayed as a handsome young man. Now here's the interesting part. Kamadeva had bows & arrows just like Cupid(Roman God) & Eros(Greek God). His bow is made from sugarcane. While his arrow is made from flowers of the Ashoka tree. He is often portrayed along with Goddess Rati who is his companion & assistant. You can learn more about him from here.

7. Freya - Freya is the goddess of love, lust & fertility in the Norse mythology. The name "Freya" means lady & can also be spelled as Freja, Frejya, Fröja, Frøya.

She was a helpful goddess. Freya often used her gentle side of beauty & charm to meet her end goals. Unlike other gods or goddesses of love, Freya was a fierce warrior. She is the wife of Odin. If you want to learn more about Freya, I suggest you continue reading here.

It is believed that Friday was named after Freya from the words - "Freya's Day".

Valentine's day is a celebration of love. And this was a list of God & Goddess of love. There are too many cultures in the world & covering each & everyone of them is not possible. If you want to know more about the deities of love, you can click here.

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