Thursday, April 2, 2015

#ATOZCHALLENGE: Letter C; Cupid Falls In Love

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Cupid and Pysche

"I swear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow
by his best arrow with the golden head
by the simplicity of Venus's doves
by that which knitteth souls and prospers loves."
– A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare.

For centuries, we humans have been victim of Cupid's arrow. It's said that he carries two sets of arrows – the leaden arrow fills the target with fugitive love and sensual desires and the Golden Arrow with spiritual love. But what happens when Cupid himself is in love? This tale is about that....

Venus was furious. For many days now, it had come to attention that she was less worshipped and her worshippers when slowly dwindling or rather showing their interest somewhere else. So one day she sent her spies to find out where her worshippers were going. Few days later one of them reported a strange occurrence.

"The King and the Queen, of a neighbouring kingdom, is having a ball for their three daughters. All were beautiful but the youngest was so beautiful and sensuous that men would stand for hours just to get a glimpse of her.

Venus was furious. She was a goddess and demanded respect and devotion. A mere mortal could not usurp her position.

So she called her son, Cupid and ordered him to make her fall in love with a dastard."Make her fall in love with the most unsuitable guy," she ordered, "that will make her pine all her life."

Cupid, armed with his arrows went on his way to do her bidding. But upon seeing the beautiful girl, he couldn't do it.

Meanwhile, Psyche was having her own problems. Though every man lusted after her, no one loved her. How parents were getting worried with every passing day. So, they consulted the local Oracle who boomed that only the monster, living on the high mountain, would be her husband. Her parents shed many tears but Psyche was determined to meet her fate.

So early the next morning, she climbed up the dreaded Mountain and fell down from the cliff – for the legend said that the monster caught every falling maiden.

She regained consciousness in a beautiful Palace. It was covered with exotic flowers and her every need was met with. Every night, when she went to sleep, an invisible man would come to visit her.  (I cringe to think the moralistic implication I am imparting but please bear in mind that the Gods were very fickle and the rules are for us mere mortals. :P)

He was very gentle with her and slowly she fell in love with this caring personality. He requested her never to ask him his name. The aura he had around him filled her with love and desire.

Soon she started feeling the need to see him and one night, after a night of unihibited passion, she could hear his deep breathing. She lighted an oil lamp and brought it near his face. She was stunned to see that he was no monster, but the winged god of love, Cupid – who had fallen in love with her himself.

Cupid woke up suddenly and with the start realise that she had broken the golden rule of mortals not seeing him. In his anger, he jumped out of the bed and knocks the lamp out of her hand and in the process burns his own hands. Furious at the turn of events, he promises never to see her again and flies away.

Does he realise that her love is true and comes back? Well, to know that you will have to wait for my letter P for Psyche.


Note:
Cupid was the Roman god of love. Also known as Amor, he was the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Eros. He was the son of Venus who always made him an essential part of her plan. Since Venus was a jealous and a spitefull goddess, Cupid is also often seen as a mischievous child but never malicious.
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38 comments:

  1. Loving your mythological tales, Ina! Keep them coming! :)

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  2. Oh no!! I was so hooked to the story and now I have to wait till P to find out more? Not fair :(
    Loved your gripping narration Ina :)

    Crux

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    1. Thank You Swathi. Hope you like P too :D

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  3. Ohh now I am pining for Psyche... when will P come!!

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    1. Psyche is all about Pining too Ahana.. Will tell you. Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. An interesting tale. Ah, good for cupid, now he knows how disastrous heart break can be :)

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    1. Only problem is with his vanity he did not understand Heartbreak Prasanna. As they say. Gods teach ..not learn. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  5. I like this one the best so far - maybe because I have heard of Cupid and know a bit of the lore. Dying to read Psyche's story. Lovely story Ina :D

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    1. I had a feeling you will like Cupid :) Thanks Sundari. .

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  6. Ina the Queen of Mythological tales, which is not so Indian! Keep writing! Will stalk you till the Z. :P

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    1. Oh God! That is a big thing to live up to. Thank you so much Ajay. Do keep stalking. Some stalkers are welcome.. and most of all thankyou for your encouraging words.

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  7. Awesome - but how am I supposed to be patient until P?! :D

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    1. Sorry Devika. It is just a retaliation to your lovely stories which I am pining to read :)

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  8. I hadn't heard this story. But we need to wait for letter P to finish this story - not fair

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    1. Sorry Suzy but then I had to ensure that great writers/bloggers like you revisit me :P Your lines on mythology is still echoing in my ears.

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  9. What a coincidence! My C was for Cupid too :) Though the story is entirely different, high-five to the title!

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    1. Is it? Will look it up. Cupid has many stories.. 56 in fact. After all he is the God of Love :P

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  10. A wonderful retelling, Ina! Love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so much Deepti. Means a lot :)

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  11. Lovely Story .An interesting and informative read.Thanks for retelling this story Ina :-) .

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  12. Thats a very beautiful story..

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  13. Now I have to wait till the P post to know more! Liked your story, will be back to know more.

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    1. I love mythological stories... Will keep coming back for more.
      Fellow AtoZ participant,
      Bhavya
      ishithaa.com

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    2. Thanks Sulekha. That was the point :P Heartfelt thanks :)

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    3. Thanks Bhavya. I will look up your post too. Curious infact :D

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  14. Bring the next part soon! P is soooo far!! :( Want to know what happens next!

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    1. Thanks a ton Nibhz. Hope it is worth the wait .. or don't want the rotten tomatoes on me :P

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  15. Loved it, including the note in the middle ;-)

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    1. Thanks for noticing that.. my inner feminity rose in revolt actually :P

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  16. I really enjoyed your retelling about Cupid's story. I always just thought he was a cute cherub with a bow and arrow making people fall in love. I never knew much about him til now so thanks for enlightening me.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! That is motivating. Yes there are many tales hidden in the mytho which make very interesting reads.

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  17. Beautiful, amazing and superbly crafted. I got hooked from start to finish. A powerful tale of love:)

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  18. Such a long wait for the next part? Oh my. The post was wonderful but the impending wait is sad!

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    1. Thanks a tone Vinay. A-z is supposed to be short .. so word constraint. Don't want to bore you all with long pieces.. :D

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  19. You've promised us quite a few sequels - can't wait!!

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