Pygmalion and Galatea

Pygmalion and Galatea
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  • Pygmalion hated all women.  However, most of his time was devoted to sculpting a beautiful woman from ivory.
  • Pygmalion worked hard on the sculpture, and he found himself adding details with growing affection.  After he finished, he realized he was deeply in love with the beautiful statue. 
  • He would bring gifts such as jewelry, birds, and flowers and dressed her in the finest clothing.  Each day he would kiss, caress, and talk to the statue as if it was a real woman.  A man who scorned women, now fell in love with one who couldn't love him back.
  • His passion didn't go unnoticed by the Goddess of Love.  At a festival for Venus he made an offering, and as confirmation that she had heard it the flames went up three times. 
  • He ran home and hugged the statue.  He was surprised when it felt warm to the touch.  He kissed her lips and she kissed back, and her whole body came to life. 
  • Venus attended their wedding.  Pygmalion named the maiden Galatea and together they had a son, Paphos. 
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