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22 Facts About Adonis
One day, Adonis was gored by a wild boar during a hunting trip and died in Aphrodite's arms as she wept.
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Adonis's blood mingled with her tears and became the anemone flower.
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Adonis's name comes from a Canaanite word meaning "lord" and most modern scholars consider the story of Aphrodite and Adonis to be derived from the earlier Mesopotamian myth of Inanna and Dumuzid (Tammuz).
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In late 19th and early 20th century scholarship of religion, Adonis was widely seen as a prime example of the archetypal dying-and-rising god.
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Adonis's name is often applied in modern times to handsome youths, of whom he is the archetype.
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Worship of Aphrodite and Adonis is probably a Greek continuation of the ancient Sumerian worship of Inanna and Dumuzid.
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The cult of Adonis has been described as corresponding to the cult of the Phoenician god Baal.
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Exact date when the worship of Adonis became integrated into Greek culture is still disputed.
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Worship of Adonis is associated with the festival of the Adonia, which was celebrated by Greek women every year in midsummer.
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Adonis's returned for him once he was grown and discovered him to be strikingly handsome.
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Thus was Adonis' life divided between Aphrodite and Persephone, one goddess who loved him beneath the earth, the other above it.
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The text states that due to his love of Adonis, Aphrodite taught Nessos the centaur the trap to ensnare him.
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In Idyll 15 by the early third-century BC Greek bucolic poet Theocritus, Adonis is described as a still an adolescent with down on his cheeks at the time of his love affair with Aphrodite, in contrast to Ovid's Metamorphoses in which he is portrayed as a fully mature man.
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Ovid's portrayal of Venus's desperate love for Adonis became the inspiration for many literary portrayals in Elizabethan literature of both male and female courtship.
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Story of Adonis was the inspiration for the Italian poet Giambattista Marino to write his mythological epic L'Adone, which outsold Shakespeare's First Folio.
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Frazer claimed that Adonis was just one example of the archetype of a "dying-and-rising god" found throughout all cultures.
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Biblical scholars Eddy and Boyd applied this rationale to Adonis based on the fact that his portion of the year spent in the Underworld with Persephone is not really a death and resurrection, but merely an instance of a living person staying in the Underworld.
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