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Sexual desire or what turns YOU on?

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Published on May 8, 2012

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Hello my dear students! Today I'd like to get a little personal. Sexual desire is a mysterious thing, and everyone is aroused by something different. If you we were sitting here next to me, I could ask you lots of probing questions about what turns you on. But too bad, I'm all alone, and I can't get to know you in that way. So instead, I'll spend the afternoon looking deep into the origin of the word "aphrodisiac."
The word "aphrodisiac" comes from the Greek word "aphrodisiakos," which means "inducing sexual desire." This comes from the word "aphrodisios," which means "pertaining to Aphrodite," who is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and procreation.
There is some debate over the origin of the name "Aphrodite," but many believe it comes from the Greek word "aphros," which means foam. According to Greek mythology, Cronus, who was the king of the Titans, castrated the Greek God Uranus. He cast his genitals into the sea, and from the foam came the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She was born as a fully formed, extremely desirable adult woman, and artwork frequently portrays her in the nude.

Aphrodite was quite the scandalous goddess. She was so beautiful that the other gods feared it would disrupt their peace and lead to war, so they married her off to a very boring god. But marriage couldn't hold her down, and she had many lovers... from gods to mere mortals.

Aphrodite was a very popular goddess in ancient Greece, but her followers didn't worship her in the way you might expect. In Babylon, Syria, Palestine, and many other places, the Cult of Aphrodite practiced ritual prostitution in the temples.

So there you have it... the word "aphrodisiac" has a history that's fit for the scandalous acts it inspires. Whew, that was an exciting ride. So now, for your homework, tell me... are there any words that turn you on?

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