Who is Cupid?

Why is he connected with Valentine’s Day?


Mario Wallner

Statue of Cupid

Henry P., Journalist

Cupid originates from Roman mythology. Roman mythology is the belief that a higher power of god’s rule the world. Society nowadays has moved away from that belief, but some still study Roman mythology in order to understand the past. Philosophers argue that Cupid is the equivalent of the Greek god Eros, whose name derives from the word “erotic.” In ancient Greece, Eros is often seen as the son of Ares, who is the god of war. The word erotic is associated with love and passion, hence Cupid’s role in match making.

According to myth, Cupid is the son of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and Venus, the goddess of love. He often appears as a winged infant carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows whose wounds inspire love or passion in his victims. Cupid has the typical attributes of Olympian Gods such as superhuman strength, endurance, and longevity. He also has extensive archery skills in shooting love arrows (Wikipedia).

Basically, when Cupid shoots his arrow at you, it makes you fall in love. Therefore, Cupid helps you find love! That’s why he’s associated with Valentine’s Day, the national day of love. 

Maybe Cupid can help you find love this Valentine’s Day.

Some information gathered from Wikipedia