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July 27th, 2007, 07:28 AM

In Greek mythology, Endymion ('Ενδυιων) was a handsome Aeolian shepherd or hunter, or, in the version Pausanias knew,[1] a king, who ruled at Olympia in Elis, but was also venerated on Mount Latmos in Caria, on the west coast of Asia Minor.[2] Endymion was the son, perhaps with Aethlius or with Zeus himself, of the nymph Calyce. He was born in Thessaly but led a band of Aeolians and founded Elis.[3] Apollonius of Rhodes (Argonautica 4.57ff) is one of the many poets (compare Plato, Phaedo, sect. 72) who tell how Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon,[4] loved the mortal, who was so beautiful that she asked Endymion's father Zeus to grant him eternal youth so he would never leave her. Alternatively, Selene loved so much how Endymion looked when he was asleep in the cave on Mount Latmos, near Miletus, in Caria,[5] that she entreated Zeus that he might remain that way. Either way, Zeus blessed him by putting him into an eternal sleep. Every night, Selene visited him where he slept. Selene and Endymion had fifty daughters called the Menae.


The seduction of Endymion is the love affair that brings Selene the most fame. She fell in love with the shepard, Endymion, and seduced him while he lie sleeping in a cave. Some sources say Endymion was a king or a hunter, rather than a shepherd. Her seduction of Endymion resulted in the birth of fifty daughters, one of which was Naxos. Since Selene was so deeply in love with Endymion she asked Zeus to allow him to decide his own fate. Zeus granted Selene's request, and Endymion chose never to grow old and to sleep eternally. However, Endymion's eternal sleep did not prevent him from Selene giving birth to his daughters. Endymion was visited by Selene every night and kissed by her rays of light.

Selene is a favorite of many poets, especially love poets. A moonlit night brings the feeling of romance. It is said that Selene's moon rays fall upon sleeping mortals, and her kisses fell upon her love, Endymion.

The poem Endymion by Keats: http://www.bartleby.com/126/32.html

More on Endymion from Pantheon.org: http://www.pantheon.org/articles/e/endymion.html



The poem Endymion by Longfellow: http://www.bartleby.com/102/60.html

September 7th, 2007, 01:26 AM
And Daksha married Virini and they begat 50 daughters. One of whom was Sati, the first love of the Great God Siva.