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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gods and Goddesses of Love and Lust Around the World

     Since my blog post is close to Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d dig up some interesting tidbits about the love and lust gods and goddesses of old.

Familiar & Beautiful

     We all know of Eros and Cupid, Aphrodite and Venus… but let’s also take a peek into the darker realm and at some lesser known deities.

The Sacred and Profane

     The Albanian love goddess and queen of beauty was Prende.
     In Armenia, Astghik was the love and fertility goddess.
     Celtic goddesses of love, beauty and fertility were Aine and Branwen. Cernunnos was the horned god of virility and sexuality, while Angus was the god of young love. The goddess Maeve needed thirty men daily to satisfy her sexual hunger. Perhaps she was the first nymphomaniac.
     The Aztecs had a very unusual set-up. Xochiquetzal was the goddess of female sexual power and fertility. Excess and desire are her adjectives. The fertility god, Xochipilli, was her twin brother. He was the patron of male prostitutes and homosexuals. Tlazolteotl was the goddess of vice, lust, carnality, deviant behavior and adulterers. It was said she filled you with wicked desires, then ‘ate’ them for you, offering purification. Her ‘area’ was filth, vice, disease, lechery and unlawful love. She was blamed for causing sexually transmitted diseases. Forgiveness was guaranteed as long as you told her everything. She was the goddess of steam-baths, a primary manner of purification back in the day.

     In Mesopotamia, the goddess Astarte was a beauty, revered throughout the ancient world. Like Venus, she was the goddess of love, sexuality, fertility and war. Qetesh was also a Mesopotamian goddess, associated with sexual pleasure and sacred ecstasy. Inanna was a goddess of sexuality, fertility and war.
     In Chinese mythology, Yue-Lao was a god who used invisible red string to bind lovers together. Tu Er Shen was the patron of homosexual love.
     In ancient Greece, lesser known love gods are Pothos, the god of sexual yearning and desire, and Anteros, the god of unrequited love.
     In ancient India, Hindu mythology gave us Rati, the goddess of passion and lust. She is associated with arousal and sexual delight, and was the companion and lover of Kama, the god of love.
     Freyja is the goddess of sexuality and creativity in the Germanic and Northern lands. She wore a magical amber necklace forged by dwarves, and was said to have had sexual relations with each of them. Her brother, Freyr, was the phallic god who bestowed pleasure upon mortals. 

     A lesser known Roman goddess was Suadela. She was the goddess of persuasion in matters of seduction and romance.
     Let’s close with an unusual goddess and god:
     Quandisa, a goddess of Northern Morocco, was known to ignite lust that hooked young men and then drove them to insanity.
     Kurupi, from the Guarani people in central South America, had a penis so long it wound around his waist several times. It extended through doors and windows to impregnate women as they slept. He was often blamed by adulterous women who got pregnant. In modern culture, Kurupi is used to warn young virgins to stay that way.
     Do you have a favorite god or goddess to share with us?
     Happy Valentine’s Day~make it special!


Victoria said...

Very interesting! I don't know that I have a favorite - other than the standard Roman/Greek ones - but it's fun to read about other ones! Thanks for doing the research and telling us.

Tina Donahue said...

Fascinating stuff. Thanks, Gemma!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Gemma: wow, some of Thanks for sharing the information. That last guy--oh my.

jean hart stewart said...

don't think I want to meet the guy with the extra long penis. He sounds kinda revolting. Whole column was interest though, thanks.

Cara Marsi said...

Great stuff, Gemma. I didn't know there were so many gods of love and lust. Fascinating. Thanks.

Melissa Keir said...

Wonderfully informative post. I didn't realize there were so many different Gods and Goddesses of love and passion.

Sandy said...

Thanks, Gemma. I'm not sure if I have a favorite, but these were very interesting.

Gemma Juliana said...

Victoria and Tina, Yes, the traditional Roman and Greek gods and goddesses are by far the favorites of most of us. Thanks for commenting.

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Vicki and Jean,
Yes, the last guy is just about unimaginable. I found him when researching, and realized these myths served a purpose in the cultures where they were created and used over a longer period of time.

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Cara, Melissa, and Sandy, I had not heard of many of these gods and goddesses before, nor did I know that many ancient societies broke down their "love and lust" deities into such detailed sub-categories. Thanks for stopping by.

Marianne Stephens said...

Had not heard of most of them. Poor Maeve...30 men a day? She must have had lots of stamina and a wild sex drive!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Marianne,
No kidding! I wonder which Irish families claim to be descended from her!

Rose Anderson said...

Very interesting! 30 men a day -whew. Thanks, Gemma.

Fran Lee said...

Thanks for list of hot gods and goddesses! It's amazing how many other cultures and religions there are that accept that love is important, fulfilling, and necessary to life.

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