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Ric.ror | 13:27 Fri 24th Jun 2005 | History
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Was Aphrodite the goddess formed from the seman of a god when his testicles had been removed and thrown into the sea

  

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One of the legends has it that Aphrodite was born as a result of her father Uranus' genitals being thrown into the sea.  She is said to have emerged from the sea off of the south coast of Cyprus (there is a rock at the spot named after her).

Aphrodite "risen from sea-foam" was also called Kypris or Cytherea after her alleged birth-places in Cyprus and Cythera, respectively.

"Foam-arisen" Aphrodite was born of the sea foam near Paphos, Cyprus after Cronus cut off Uranus' genitals and the elder god's blood and semen dropped on the sea, where they began to foam. Aphrodite was born fully grown out of the foam. Thus Aphrodite is of an older generation than Zeus.

Wow! I'd always heard the lovely phrase about being born from sea foam -- so romantic! -- never the grisly events leading up to it! That's what you get for relying on the mythology books you read in school.
Except I thought Cronos was one of the old gods and Uranus one of the newer ones? No?

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