Friday, February 12, 2016

Anemones and a Love Story

I’ve rounded up some photos of those awesome anemones 
highlighting the beauty of the season and capturing the
 romantic atmosphere surrounding Valentine’s Day. 
Greek mythology linked the red anemone, sometimes 
called the windflower, to the myth of Aphrodite
Goddess of Love and Adonis, a mortal.
Anemos in Greek means wind! 

According to this myth, when Adonis lived with Aphrodite, 
the two lovers would go hunting in the woods. As Adonis 
chased game through the forest, the goddess would follow 
closely behind, in her swan-driven chariot, dressed as a 
huntress. Aphrodite's ex-lover, the god of war Ares, 
grew jealous of her affair with the mortal. While his rival 
was hunting alone, Ares disguised himself as a boar and 
attacked Adonis causing him lethal injuries. Adonis used 
his spear to strike back to Ares, but was soon gored to 
death by the boar's great tusks. Aphrodite hurried to 
Adonis in her chariot, but his soul had already descended 
into the Underworld. In despair, she sprinkled nectar on 
Adonis’ wounds. As Aphrodite bore her lover's body out 
of the woods, crimson anemones sprung up where each 
drop of blood and nectar fell onto the earth.

This specific myth inspired great poets like Ovidius or, 
much later, Shakespeare, to compose hymns dedicated 
to  l o v e !

Enjoy Valentine’s Day! 
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