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Why does Cupid shoot arrows?

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Often depicted with a bow and arrow, Cupid shoots arrows to stoke the flames of lust and romantic desire in his targets. Though Cupid has become a spirited, childlike figure associated with love and Valentine's Day, this character is actually a somewhat mischievous figure from Greek and Roman mythology. This figure's Greek mythological name is Eros, and he is known as Cupid in the Roman tradition.

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Why does Cupid shoot arrows?
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Examples of Cupid (or Eros) using his love arrows in classical mythology include a story in which this god of love shoots a golden arrow of love at the god Apollo, making him fall madly in love with a nymph, Daphne. However, not all of Cupid's arrows made people fall in love; true to his mischievous nature, Cupid shot a lead arrow of revulsion into Daphne, causing the powerful Apollo's love to remain unrequited.

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