Hektoen International

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Tag: The castration of Uranus

  • Divine birth: Aphrodite born from the foam of the sea

    The goddess of love, lust, and lasciviousness, Aphrodite (Venus) rose naked from the sea, her DNA reputedly derived from the discarded organs of her cruelly gelded grandfather Uranus. Each year she is admired in her dishabille by throngs of tourist visiting the Uffizi museum in Florence. In one of several contradictory legends, Uranus (Roman Saturn,…