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Psyche, the deification of the human's soul

Psyche, the personification of the human's soul

The Beauty of Psyche

Psyche was a young princess from Sicily, famous for her extraordinary beauty. According to legend, she was even more beautiful than Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty.

Eros and Psyche

According to Greek mythology, Psyche was even more beautiful than Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty.
All her countrymen, as well as people from all over the world, used to gather to admire her beauty, ignoring the goddess Aphrodite herself.

Heartbroken, Aphrodite decided to avenge the princess. So she asked her son Eros, the winged god of love, to make Psyche fall in love with the most terrible creature in the world. But Eros accidentally aimed his arrow at his own heart and suddenly fell in love with Psyche himself. From that moment on, he tried to prevent mortals from falling in love with Psyche.

Time passed without anyone being interested in marrying Psyche. Psyche's parents began to worry about their daughter's future. Anxiously, they sought out the oracle at Delphi for valuable advice. Apollo, to whom Eros had confided his love, advised them to abandon Psyche on a mountain where she would meet her future husband.

While Psyche waited on the mountain, Zephyr, the gentle wind of the west, took her and brought her to a palace of marble and gold. Every night, an unknown man visited Psyche in her room and made love to her without ever showing his face. Psyche Discovers ErosUntil one night, when her lover was asleep, Psyche decided to shine a lamp on the man's face. What she saw before her was breathtaking... her lover was none other than Eros, the most lovable of all the gods!Psyche discovering ErosUntil one night, while her lover was asleep, Psyche decided to light the face of the male with a lamp. What she saw in front of her was breathtaking... her lover was no other than Eros, the most adorable of all gods!

stonished at what she saw, Psyche hastily laid aside the lamp...
when suddenly hot oil poured onto Eros' body!

Eros woke up in pain and cried out angrily:
Your distrust has killed our love. A mortal should never see the face of a god. After this, it is impossible for us to stay together..."

As he said this, Eros quickly disappeared.

Full of despair, Psyche began to wander about, looking everywhere for Eros. Soon she found that Eros had returned to his mother Aphrodite, who took good care of him and healed his wounds.

So that she could see Eros, Aphrodite ordered Psyche to do many works. One of them was to go to the underworld to meet Persephone, the beautiful queen of the underworld. Once there, Psyche was to ask for some of Persephone's beauty elixir and bring it to Aphrodite in a sealed box.

Psyche opening the golden box. Painting by John William WaterhouseOn her way, Psyche managed to overcome all obstacles and successfully obtain the elixir from Persephone. On the way back, however, Psyche thought it best to open the box and keep some of the elixir for herself. However, the box was empty and suddenly Psyche fell into a deep sleep...

Luckily, Eros was able to escape his mother in time and woke Psyche up with a tender touch. Then he quickly went to Zeus and asked him for permission to marry Psyche. Zeus agreed and from that moment on, Psyche became immortal.

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