“As for the genitals, just as he first cut them off with his instrument of adamant and threw  them from the land into the surging sea, even so they were carried on the waves for a long time. About them a white foam grew from the immortal flesh, and in it a girl formed. First she approached holy Cythera; then from there she came to sea-girt Cyprus. And out stepped a modest and beautiful goddess, and the grass began to grow all round beneath her slender feet. Gods and men call her Aphrodite, she approached Cythera, and Cyprus-born, because she was born in wave-washed Cyprus, and ‘genial’ because she appeared out of the genitals. Eros and fair Desire attended her birth and accompanied her as she went to join the family of Gods. And this has been her allotted province from the beginning among men and immortal Gods:

the whispering of girls; smiles, deceptions; sweet pleasure, intimacy, and tenderness.” ~ Hesiod, Theogony.


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