Category: Weird Articles
Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:09
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Cupid is the poster boy for romance. He is often pictured as a cute and chubby cherub wielding a bow and arrow. The legend goes that whoever is shot by Cupid's arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, and he is not as cuddly as pop culture portrays him to be.
He came into existence after his mum, Venus, the Goddess of Love and Sex, got impregnated by Mars, the God of War. Venus was kind of a slut and had countless sex partners. She was extremely prolific with her reckless lovemaking, giving birth to numerous gods and demi-gods, one of whom was Cupid.
It is written in Roman mythology that when Cupid was a youth, he was ordered by his jealous mum to curse a princess named Psyche to fall in love with a hideous beast. Psyche's beauty was admired far and wide across the land. Instead of worshipping Venus, people prayed and made offerings to Psyche instead as she was rumored to be the second coming of Venus. This incurred the wrath of the love goddess and she ordered Cupid to exact her revenge on the young princess.
Cupid, armed with his magical bow and arrow which makes any living thing fall in love with the first thing it sees, flew down to Earth to carry out his mother's bidding. Right before Psyche, the bumbling fool accidentally scratched himself with his own dart, causing him to fall head over heels in love with Psyche. Enamored, Cupid abandoned his mother's order, and devised a plan to make Psyche his bride.
Meanwhile, Psyche's father consults an oracle on his daughter's inability to find love despite her mind-boggling beauty. The oracle's response was unsettling. Psyche was to be married to a dragon-like creature who harasses the world with fire and iron and is feared by even Jupiter, the God of Sky and Thunder (a.k.a. Zeus in Greek mythology), and the inhabitants of the underworld. This was her future had Cupid carried out his mother's evil plan for revenge.
The king arranged for Psyche to be married to the aforementioned creature. Father of the year, everybody. Psyche was brought to the peak of a rocky crag where a ritual was performed and Cupid sent a strong gust of wind which swept her up and transported her to a lovely meadow where she promptly fell asleep.
When Psyche awoke, she found herself in a majestic house with golden columns, a carved ceiling of citrus wood and ivory, silver walls embossed with wild and domesticated animals and jeweled mosaic floors. Cupid kept himself hidden but told her to make herself comfortable. She was then entertained at a feast that served itself and sung to by an invisible lyre.
Although Psyche was scared and sexually inexperienced, she allowed herself to be guided to a bedroom, where in the darkness, Cupid consummated their marriage. She gradually developed Stockholm syndrome and learned to look forward to his nightly visits, though she had never laid eyes on him before as he always departed before sunrise. She soon became pregnant with his child.
Psyche was gone for a long time and she missed her family. After much persuasion, presumably after sex with Cupid lying there in the dark next to him, she managed to convince him to grant her sisters a visit. The wind carried her sisters up where they marveled in envy at the splendor that Psyche was treated to. They tried undermining her happiness by convincing her to uncover her husband's true identity, reminding her of the oracle's prophesy that she would be married to a vile winged serpent who would devour her and her child.
One night, Psyche put the plan her sisters devised into motion. After Cupid had fallen asleep next to her, she whipped out a dagger and a lamp she had hidden in the room in order to see and kill the monster. As the light fell onto Cupid's face and Psyche gazed upon the most beautiful creature she had ever seen, she reared back in surprise and pricked herself on one of the arrows in Cupid's quiver by the bedside. Because apparently Cupid couldn't find a better place to store his magical arrows other than by the bedside of his mortal bride.
Instantaneously horny and in the mood for a good frolicking, she knocked over the hot oil from the lamp and burned him in her rush to have sex with him. He woke up and fled, with Psyche in hot pursuit for some loving, but he flapped his wings and flew away, leaving her at the bank of a river.
Heartbroken and alone, Psyche wandered aimlessly for a long time in search of her lost love. She then sought Venus' help, and the goddess was more than happy to oblige, reveling in having the girl in her power. Psyche was physically tortured by Venus' handmaidens and made to carry out perilous tasks issued by the spiteful goddess.
The last task that Venus imposed on Psyche is a quest to the underworld. Psyche was to obtain a dose of beauty from Proserpina, queen of the underworld, and store it in a box that Venus had handed to her. Proserpina gave Psyche her quest item and sent her on her way. As soon as Psyche made her way back into the world of the living, her curiosity and vanity dominated her and she couldn't resist opening the box in the hopes of enhancing her own beauty. She found nothing inside except for an "infernal and Stygian sleep" which caused her to fall into a deadly slumber.
Cupid flew in to her rescue, lifted the sleep from her face and replaced it in the box. Cupid made a deal with Jupiter that if he were to offer Psyche asylum, Cupid would make any woman of Jupiter's choosing fall in love with the king of the gods. Jupiter proceeded to warn Venus to back the f*ck off, assembled the gods in the theater of heaven and gave Psyche the drink of immortality which transformed her into a goddess. Jupiter married Cupid and Psyche as equals and solemnized it with a wedding banquet.
The arduous journey that Cupid and Psyche took to live happily ever after moved people and they hailed Cupid as a symbol of love. But honestly, does kidnapping a princess, imprisoning her, and raping her repeatedly deserve to be glorified? Cupid never once thought of being honest to the woman he proclaimed to "love" and whom he tricked into marriage. Psyche never gave her consent initially. How could she even give her consent if she had no idea who she was having sex with? She only grew used to it and developed a psychological alliance over time to her captor, Cupid, as a survival strategy during captivity. Others may call the tale of Cupid and Psyche to be one of irrevocable love, I call it an extreme case of Stockholm syndrome.