The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue

The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue

“Beauty is a curse,” Psyche thought as she looked over the cliff’s edge
where she’d been abandoned by her father. She’d been born with the physical
perfection so complete that she was worshipped as a new
incarnation of Venus, the goddess of love. But real-life human lovers were
too intimidated even to approach her. When her father asked for guidance
from the Oracle of Apollo, the god of light, reason, and prophecy. He was told to abandon his daughter
on a rocky crag where she would marry a cruel
and savage serpent-like winged evil. Alone on the crag, Psyche felt
Zephyr the West Wind gently lifting her into the air. It set her down before a palace. “You are home,” she heard
an unseen voice say. “Your husband awaits you
in the bedroom, if you dare to meet him.” She was brave enough, Psyche told herself. The bedroom was so dark that she
couldn’t see her husband. But he didn’t feel serpent-like at all. His skin was soft,
and his voice and manner were gentle. She asked him who he was, but he told her this was the one question
he could never answer. If she loved him,
she would not need to know. His visits continued night after night. Before long, Psyche was pregnant. She rejoiced, but was also conflicted. How could she raise her baby
with a man she’d never seen? That night, Psyche approached
her sleeping husband holding an oil lamp. What she found was the god Cupid who sent gods and humans
lusting after each other with the pinpricks of his arrows. Psyche dropped her lamp,
burning Cupid with hot oil. He said he’d been in love with Psyche
ever since his jealous mother, Venus, asked him to embarrass the young woman
by pricking her with an arrow. But taken with Psyche’s beauty, Cupid
used the arrow on himself. He didn’t believe, however, that gods
and humans could love as equals. Now that she knew his true form,
their hopes for happiness were dashed, so he flew away. Psyche was left in despair until
the unseen voice returned and told her that it was indeed possible for her and Cupid
to love each other as equals. Encouraged, she set out to find him. But Venus intercepted Psyche and said
she and Cupid could only wed if she completed a series
of impossible tasks. First, Psyche was told to sort a huge,
messy pile of seeds in a single night. Just as she was abandoning hope, an ant colony took pity on her
and helped with the work. Successfully passing the first trial, Psyche next had to bring Venus
the fleece of the golden sheep, who had a reputation for
disemboweling stray adventurers, but a river god showed her how to collect the fleece the sheep
had snagged on briars, and she succeeded. Finally, Psyche had to travel
to the Underworld and convince Proserpina,
queen of the dead, to put a drop of her beauty in a box
for Venus. Once again, the unseen voice came
to Psyche’s aide. It told her to bring barley cakes for
Cerberus, the guard dog to the Underworld and coins to pay the boatman, Charon
to ferry her across the river Styx. With her third and final task complete, Psyche returned to the land of the living. Just outside Venus’s palace, she opened
the box of Proserpina’s beauty, hoping to keep some for herself. But the box was filled with sleep,
not beauty, and Psyche collapsed in the road. Cupid, now recovered from his wounds,
flew to his sleeping bride. He told her he’d been wrong and foolish. Her fearlessness in the face
of the unknown proved that she was more than his equal. Cupid gave Psyche amborsia, the nectar
of the gods, making her immortal. Shortly after, Psyche bore their daughter. They named her Pleasure, and she, Cupid, and Psyche,
whose name means soul, have been complicating people’s
love lives ever since.

100 comments on “The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue

  1. TED-Ed Post author

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  2. Cristian Fuller Post author

    Listen up psyche cupid and pleasure :
    Its been too long now stop messing with my love life

  3. Redsilk5Motion Post author

    This is a Greek myth yet they are using the Roman names… smh
    Aphrodite and Eros. And Persephone.
    Not Venus and Cupid. Or Proserpine.

  4. 《FoxxieღGacha》 Post author

    Ah, the intro of Ted-ED. Childhood memories of learning more from one video than a week of school.

  5. Purple Spark Post author

    Umm.. That was haphazard. So there was no point of Venus giving her those tasks and no point of her going to 'sleep'.

  6. Edward WoTv Post author

    I enjoy your videos but why do you use Venus in the telling of Greek stories ? Small point but important.

  7. maia elle Post author

    omg people need to shush about percy jackson. let greek/roman mythology exist without that damn book series popping its nose in every five seconds

  8. White Phoenix Of The Crown Post author

    Feel this very much epitomizes my love situation, it's painfully worthy yet so beautiful and inspiring… ?✨????❣️??

  9. Loretta P. Post author

    Okay,wait,so this is Roman mythology,right? Because Cupid and Venus are Romans…So it means that it's the Greek myth but with Roman names? (WHY?)

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  11. 쿠 케이Jess Post author

    We learned about this in english class and it was very interesting! But….it didnt say that her sisters tried to have a man to offer for psches hand bcs the men were too scared and know that venus is jelous of her beauty and that cupid impreganted her and cupid only comes home everynight(I think i didn't read the story too deeply)but still one of the most interesting stories i've ever read 😀 Thank you for making this video<3

  12. jelin cutw Post author

    Oracle of apollo
    Zephyr west wind
    Oil lamp
    Sort pile ofs seeds
    Ant colony helped

    Bring venus the fleece of the golden sheep
    River God showed how
    Underworld proserpina queen of the dead
    Put a drop of beauty


  13. Boi Player4 Post author

    Last time I checked, Eros's (Cupid) mother was Aphrodite. (God of Beauty and stuff). Oh and, Queen of the underworld's name was Persephone. I don't know if I'm right or not, that's just how I learned their names.

  14. XYZee Post author

    It's Eros, not Cupid. Venus is Roman and the myth is Greek so it's Aphrodite. And who the flying heck is prosepena? Persephone. It's Persephone. Also Psyche kept trying to kill herself during the tasks she was given. Her sisters visited her and they gave her a knife to kill Eros with. They didn't name the child pleasure. Y'

  15. LM5hassnatchedme already Post author

    When you truly love someone with all your heart, even the universe starts working to bring that person close to you or you close to them.

  16. CelestialLuLu Post author

    If you tell a Greek myth use the greek names Psyche, Eros, Aphrodite and Persephone.

  17. Ah Dindu Nuffin Post author

    You use the Greek word "Psyche" which means soul, and the latin word Cupid which in Greek is called Eros ( that's why even today Greeks say we make erota ). Both should be Greek words.

  18. Brooke Melberg Post author

    Wait I never knew Cupid had a wife, or had a baby…. wut?? I’m soooo confused their is soo many versions of everything


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