Cupid, son of Venus, is the capricious god of love and desire and number 25 in my tribute to the Gods wrongfully placed in the atheists' graveyard. He was more about the pursuit or spurning of love than about the actual relationship. Often portrayed as a chubby child (only occasionally as a youth), it is no wonder that he was so temperamental. Try being stuck in a child's body for ages, upon ages and see how even tempered you remain.
Ok...don't fall out of your chairs. Your eyes are not deceiving you...two posts in one day! When I saw who the next divinity on my list was...inspiration struck. #10 on the devotions on the gods from the "graveyard".
Today’s blog is on the di Penates or Penates. Blog number 9 of my gods of the “graveyard” series. This one was extremely difficult to write because…well no one really agrees on who the Penates are. The concept for the Penates and Lares comes from the ancient Roman domestic cultus and were at some point included as part of civil or state rituals. They remind me a lot of the ancient Greek agathos daimons, which are good spirits/gods of home, family and/or individual. Everything I’ve read on Penates and Lares boils down to the individual. I’m including the Lares in this blog because they are often honored with the Penates and very hard for the researcher to tell apart.