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The evolution of Cupid

Via MPR News

For generations, Cupid has been a symbol of Valentine’s Day. But that chubby, winged toddler brandishing a bow and arrow started out as someone much different.


1 Today we know him as Cupid. But the iconic purveyor of love actually began as the Greek god Eros. He is depicted here on a plate created around 330 B.C. Red-Figure Plate with Eros, attributed to the Ascoli Satriano Painter

2 There are contradictory tales about the origin of Eros. In some versions, he is known as the child of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In others, he’s one of the primeval Greek gods, created asexually. Cupid and Psyche / Antonio Canova

3 In ancient art, Eros was depicted as a young adult male and the embodiment of sexual power. Medieval Christian myths viewed him as a seductive “demon of fornication.” Cupid and Psyche / Francois-Edouard Picot

4 Eros always sported wings.
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Back When Valentines Cards Were Brutally Cruel

Slate writes that vindictive Valentine’s cards, mailed anonymously, were once as popular as romantic ones. Is it time to bring back the tradition?

These “vinegar valentines” were produced between the middle of the 19th century and middle of the 20th. The tradition was quite popular. Some historians argue that comic valentines—of which vinegar valentines were one type—made up half of all U.S. valentine sales in the middle of the 19th century.

Vinegar valentines were a socially sanctioned chance to criticize, reject, and insult. They were often sent without a signature, enabling the sender to speak without fear. These cards were sent not just to significant others, friends, and family but to a larger social circle. People might post a vinegar card to a store clerk, a teacher, or a neighbor.

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Mass Arrest Of Muslims In Malaysia For Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Candy-heartsFor everyone who hates Valentine’s Day for its consumerist tradition, be glad you have the choice whether or not to celebrate. Large groups of Muslims in Malaysia were arrested yesterday for trying to give their unmarried counterparts heart-shaped candy and a special night. BBC News reports:

Islamic morality police in Malaysia have arrested more than 80 Muslims in an operation to stop them celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Officers raided budget hotels in the central state of Selangor and capital, Kuala Lumpur, detaining unmarried Muslim couples who were sharing rooms.

The religious authorities in Malaysia say Valentine’s Day is synonymous with immoral activities.

Those arrested could be jailed for up to two years if convicted.

The anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by the country’s Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005.

[Continues at BBC News]

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