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The Origin Of The Word Hermaphrodite

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posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 10:29 AM
So I'm reading up on Greek Mythology and I came across this legend. I had never heard of it before and thought I'd share it with you. I just found it an interesting read and thought I'd post it here for those who might also be interested in it.

In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the youth Hermaphroditus bathed in a fountain at Salmacis. A nymph fell in love with him, but Hermaphroditus rejected her. The nymph (sometimes called Salmacis) wrapped herself around him, praying that she might never be parted from him. Her prayers were answered as their two bodies became one.
The waters in which he bathed were afterward said to deprive men of virility.

And that's how we get the word Hermaphrodite.

Everything has an origin.

posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 10:36 AM
reply to post by EvilSadamClone

According to Robert Graves, Hermaphroditus was the child of Hermes (a male god), and Aphrodite (a female god).
Another level of origin.

(Also, of course, Aphrodite was the goddess of love, and I think there was something phallic about Hermes, so together they could represent "love of both sexes).
edit on 26-4-2012 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)

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