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Venus and Adonis Myrrha

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Myrrha is Adonis' mom – not that he ever knew her. You see, Myrrha fell in love with her father, and with a little help from her nurse, she tricked her father into sleeping with her. Myrrha was horrified by her behavior, but couldn't seem to help herself. (Venus might have even cursed her into loving her own dad. See our "Summary" for the details.) After sleeping with her dad and becoming pregnant, Myrrha begged the gods to punish her. One god did just that, and turned her into a tree. Baby Adonis was delivered from the tree, so he never knew his mother.

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