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When Zeus castrated his father Uranus, he threw his testicles into the sea. These were eventually turned to white foam and from this Venus was born, on the shores of Paphos in Cyprus.
Venus was a fertility goddess. Although the most beautiful and sexually attractive of all the goddesses, there was little else to admire about her. Having married Vulcan the metal smith, she was in bed with Mars, the god of war, before even consummating her marriage. They made love outside and were seen by the sun god Helios who told Vulcan, who created a fine bronze net that would paralyse anyone caught in it. Eventually Vulcan caught the pair in the net ‘in flagrante delicto’ her legs wrapped around him as the assembled members of mount Olympus laughed at their predicament. Undeterred, Venus continued her sexual encounters with every man or god she fancied giving birth to a succession of children.
Three godesses, Hera, Athene and Venus had a dispute over who was the most beautiful. Zeus told them that Paris, the prince of Troy, would choose, giving the winner a golden apple. By bribing Paris, giving him Helen (of Troy) for his lover, Venus was proclaimed the most beautiful goddess. Helen was already married to the Greek king Menelaus, so with her interference Venus caused the 10 year Trojan War, with countless deaths and misery.
All in all she was a stupid, spoilt woman, obsessed with her own lust, regardless of the consequences.
This may remind you of certain ‘sex goddesses’ we have today. What goes around – comes around.
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