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Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) Venus and Adonis. Date 1614 Hendrick Goltzius (15581617) Venus and Adonis. Date 1614

Life of Adonis

Aphrodite urged Myrrha to commit incest with her father, Theias, the King of Smyrna. Myrrha's nurse helped with the scheme, and Myrrha coupled with her father in the darkness. When Theias at last discovered this deception by means of an oil lamp, he flew into a rage, chasing his daughter with a knife. Myrrha fled from her father, and Aphrodite turned her into a myrrh tree. When a boar used its tusks to rend the tree's bark Adonis was born from the tree.

Death of Adonis

As soon as Adonis was born. the baby was so beautiful that Aphrodite placed him in a closed chest, which she delivered for security to Persephone, who was also entranced by his unearthly beauty and refused to give him back. The argument between the two goddesses was settled, by Zeus with Adonis spending four months with Aphrodite, four months with Persephone and four months of the years to himself.

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Home Plane: Olympus and Hades
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Portfolio: Agriculture, vegetation, rebirth
Clergy Alignments: Good
Domains: Beauty, Body, Plant
Favoured Weapon: Sickle

Adonis is an ever-youthful god who brings about the seasons every year. He does this by dying every winter solstice, and rising again on the spring equinox. During this time he stays at Hades.


Clerics must perform ceremonial weeping for the dying god when he spends his time in Hades. They must save vegetation for this time, and will undertake fasting for a whole week on the winter solstice. A blasphemy against this god is when one tries to grow crops on winter. Sacrifices to Adonis include offerings of grain and fruit.

Clergy and Temples

Clerics of Adonis must be women. Male followers are allowed, but the female clerics alone appease Adonis' lusts. Adonis' other sect followers include barbarians, druids and rangers. Temples to Adonis are isolated and are often small wooden churches in farming communities.

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