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Pronunciation : uh-DOE-niss

(Greek Deity) ADONIS

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The hunky spunky son of Theias and Smyrna.

In a most Greek-myth style moment Smyrna developed a lust for her father, Theias, and somehow managed to have sex with him on twelve consecutive nights without him even realising. Apparently she had the help of her nurse, but it's still some feat.

When Theias found out he was livid and as he chased her into the woods the Gods heard her cries for help and turned her into a Smyrna tree, more commonly known as Myrrh. Nine months later the tree split open and out fell baby Adonis.

He was found by Aphrodite who couldn't believe her eyes and carried him to the underworld in her chest, but before you get all excited the chest in question was actually made of wood so it wasn't the most comfortable ride.

Hidden away with nanny Persephone was all fine until she was blown away by his gorgousness but her refusal to give him back caused a bit of friction between the two possesive goddesses. As the threat of a full-on Godly cat fight loomed Calliope was draughted in as the voice of reason.

Ordered to split his year into three bits Persephone and Aphrodite took him for a portion each and Adonis opted to spend his free time with the goddess of love, for obvious reasons. Aphrodite was more than generous with her practical lessons and took it upon herself to train him in the arts of love and passion. Unfortunately she couldn't woo him away from his passion for hunting dangerous beasts and he was gored to death by a huge wild boar.

As it turns out, the boar was actually the insanely jealous war god Ares who wanted Aphrodite all for himself, but on the plus side beautiful red Anenome's sprang from Adonis' blood.

Afforded full godly status by Zeus didn't guarantee Adonis a moments peace as Aphrodite and Persephone are still throwing their handbags at each other, and he still spends the warm and pleasant half of the year with the goddess of love on Olympus, where they conceived Beroe, and the cold and miserable wintery half with the queen of the dead.

Rumour has it this warm and cold scenario represents the coming and going of summer and winter so it's little suprise that Adonis became the god of crops and vegetation, but despite the more than generous private tutelage from Aphrodite he never got the job as full time God of love. This honor went to Eros because, quite frankly, Adonis came with too much baggage.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Theias and Smyrna
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Beroe
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'ADONIS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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