Many times when we fall in love we use to say that Cupid hit us with his arrows. The story of Cupid it’s a legend that is dating back to ancient Greece and Rome and he got along in history until today when is a kind of mascot of Saint Valentine’s Day.
There are many versions of who cupid was, but a certain thing is that we had always seen him looking as a chubby winged infant armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows., But this wasn’t always the case. The history says that a long time before the Romans adopted and renamed him, Cupid was known by the Greeks as Eros, that was the god of love. Eros was represented in so many ways over the history that is really hard to see him for what he was: as a handsome immortal that was irresistible to both man and gods or a playful and mischievous god that destroyed the true love of Apollo and the nymph Daphne.
The history acknowledges Cupid as the son of Venus, the goddess of love and Mars, the god of war that is the same with Eros that was used in the Greek version. Even that in Roman and Greek cultures there are different versions about who Cupid was or how he looked like, when it comes to the story of Cupid and Psyche, in both cultures this one is almost identical. Princess Psyche was such an amazing and of an astounding loveliness that so many mortals were comparing Psyche’s beauty to her Venus. Eventually all this reached the ears of the Roman goddess that was so angry about this fact that demanded her son Cupid to use one of his arrows to make Psyche fall in love with a human monster. Obedient as always to his mother, Cupid sneaked into her room to shoot Psyche with a golden arrow but he was so astonished himself by the mortal princess’ beauty that he mistakenly shot himself. From that moment, he fell deeply and irrevocably in love with the princess.
Since that night Cupid visited Psyche every night, speaking to her without letting her see him, asking her to never try to see him. Of course that Psyche being curious tried to look at him and this only angered Cupid that left. Psyche looked for him over the entire world, but she couldn’t find him. Her hopes came back when Venus offered her help to find Cupid if she would get done some tasks and each one harder than the last one. And she made each one of them until the last one, when she was given by Venus a box that should go to Pluto without being open. Psych, curious as usual opened it, in the box being the eternal sleep placed there by Venus. Cupid was the one that save her, no longer being angered on Psyche and he went for her rescue, lifting her sleeping form to the heavens. The story has a happy ending because Jupiter, the leader of the gods, gave Psyche the gift of immortality that way she being able to be with Cupid.
And this is a the story of Cupid and about real love in history. So, now, when you are hit with one of the arrows of Cupid, dating will surely be the next step from a beautiful love story. Love may not be as beautiful as in history books, but at least you will have a conversation theme for a first date.