Love in Mythology Essay

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Love in Mythology

The Celtic myth, "The Dream of Oenghus," relates the tale of Oenghus the Celtic god of love, and his long search for true love. Oenghus is the son of Boann and Daghdhae. Boann is the white cow goddess, and Daghdhae is the father of all gods, the "good god." In a dream, Oenghus sees "the loveliest figure in Ireland…" His memory of this vision makes him ill with loneliness and he begins to waste away. With the help of his mother and another of his fathers' sons, Bodhbh begins his search for the girl he dreamt of. After years he successfully completes his search and then, the lovers travel to Bruigh Mac, his home. Chronologically and geographically distant, Apuleius second century record of the
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"I can spend the rest of my life searching for him. If he has no more love left for me, at least I can show him how much I love him." Eventually after many trials and tribulations, largely at the inspiration of the still jealous Venus, she is reunited with Cupid and comes to live the life of the immortals. These myths share a common fundamental theme. In both instances, the myths document a love between a mortal and a god. Moreover, both of the courtships involve long periods of separation with difficult and desperate journeys in pursuit of the beloved. This deep ongoing, uncertainty comes to the ultimate outcome of the fat of the lovers. Clearly, it is not unreasonable to contend that they cover some common ground and address a conventional human dilemma. At the same time one can identify significant differences in the myths. "The Dream Of Oenghus" a god, Oenghus, pursues a mortal. In "Cupid And Psyche" a mortal Psyche must illustrate her love for the immortal Cupid. Oenghus receives the willing assistance of other immortals in his search for his beloved. Cupid is also occasionally assisted by other immortals. However, Cupid and Psyche also endure the wrath of Venus and her endless demands on Psyche. In their relationship they must labor against malevolent gods. In the "Dream Of Oenghus" Caer, the mortal object of Oenghus' passion is remarkably free of the influence of the gods. Oenghus must seek her, he must identify her, and he cannot simply
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