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Roman name for the god of erotic love, Greek Eros, Hindu Kama. Cupid was the son of Venus and Mercury (Aphrodite and Hermes), and was therefore a "Herm-Aphrodite," signifying sexual union.

In Christian usage, the ancient significance of sexual desire was confused with desire for money, hence the modern "cupidity," which used to mean "lust" but now means greed. In the same way, Latin caritas was altered from sensual or sexual giving to the modern "charity," giving of money.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

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