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The Celtic myth The Dream of Oenghus relates the tale of Oenghus theCeltic god of love and his long search for true love Oenghus is the sonof Boann and Daghdhae Boann the white cow goddess and Daghdhae the fatherof all gods the good godIn a dream Oenghus sees the loveliest figure in Ireland His memoryof this vision makes him ill with loneliness and he begins to waste awayWith the help of his mother and another of his fathers sons Bodhbh hebegins his search for the girl he dreamt of When after years he successfullycompletes his search the lovers travels to Bruigh Mac his homeChronologically and geographically distant Apuleius second century recordof the original Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche also relates a story of amorouspursuit In Apuleius account Psyche is the most beautiful of all mortalsThe fame of her surpassing beauty spread over the earthandmen would even say that Venus herself could not equal this mortalOut of jealousy Venus commands Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with thevilest and most despicable creature in the whole world However dispatchedon his errand Cupid is astonished by her beauty and as if he had shot oneof his arrows into his own heart falls completely in love with herCupid dumbfounded by the love he suddenly feels carries Psyche off AlthoughPsyche is never able to gaze on Cupid she is confident of the love her unseenparamour expresses in the dark each night Eventually prompted by herunbelieving and somewhat envious sisters she lights a lamp and discoversthat her lover is Cupid Unfortunately Cupid hurt by both the oil sputteringfrom the lamp and her faithlessness fees Psyche deeply grieved by her lackof faith and subsequent loss of love pledges to search for Cupid foreverI can spend the rest of my life searching for him If he has no more loveleft for me at least I can show him how much I love him Eventually aftermany trials and tribulations largely at the
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