The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue


The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue

“Beauty is a curse,” Psyche thought as she looked over the cliff’s edge
where she’d been abandoned by her father. She’d been born with the physical
perfection so complete that she was worshipped as a new
incarnation of Venus, the goddess of love. But real-life human lovers were
too intimidated even to approach her. When her father asked for guidance
from the Oracle of Apollo, the god of light, reason, and prophecy. He was told to abandon his daughter
on a rocky crag where she would marry a cruel
and savage serpent-like winged evil. Alone on the crag, Psyche felt
Zephyr the West Wind gently lifting her into the air. It set her down before a palace. “You are home,” she heard
an unseen voice say. “Your husband awaits you
in the bedroom, if you dare to meet him.” She was brave enough, Psyche told herself. The bedroom was so dark that she
couldn’t see her husband. But he didn’t feel serpent-like at all. His skin was soft,
and his voice and manner were gentle. She asked him who he was, but he told her this was the one question
he could never answer. If she loved him,
she would not need to know. His visits continued night after night. Before long, Psyche was pregnant. She rejoiced, but was also conflicted. How could she raise her baby
with a man she’d never seen? That night, Psyche approached
her sleeping husband holding an oil lamp. What she found was the god Cupid who sent gods and humans
lusting after each other with the pinpricks of his arrows. Psyche dropped her lamp,
burning Cupid with hot oil. He said he’d been in love with Psyche
ever since his jealous mother, Venus, asked him to embarrass the young woman
by pricking her with an arrow. But taken with Psyche’s beauty, Cupid
used the arrow on himself. He didn’t believe, however, that gods
and humans could love as equals. Now that she knew his true form,
their hopes for happiness were dashed, so he flew away. Psyche was left in despair until
the unseen voice returned and told her that it was indeed possible for her and Cupid
to love each other as equals. Encouraged, she set out to find him. But Venus intercepted Psyche and said
she and Cupid could only wed if she completed a series
of impossible tasks. First, Psyche was told to sort a huge,
messy pile of seeds in a single night. Just as she was abandoning hope, an ant colony took pity on her
and helped with the work. Successfully passing the first trial, Psyche next had to bring Venus
the fleece of the golden sheep, who had a reputation for
disemboweling stray adventurers, but a river god showed her how to collect the fleece the sheep
had snagged on briars, and she succeeded. Finally, Psyche had to travel
to the Underworld and convince Proserpina,
queen of the dead, to put a drop of her beauty in a box
for Venus. Once again, the unseen voice came
to Psyche’s aide. It told her to bring barley cakes for
Cerberus, the guard dog to the Underworld and coins to pay the boatman, Charon
to ferry her across the river Styx. With her third and final task complete, Psyche returned to the land of the living. Just outside Venus’s palace, she opened
the box of Proserpina’s beauty, hoping to keep some for herself. But the box was filled with sleep,
not beauty, and Psyche collapsed in the road. Cupid, now recovered from his wounds,
flew to his sleeping bride. He told her he’d been wrong and foolish. Her fearlessness in the face
of the unknown proved that she was more than his equal. Cupid gave Psyche amborsia, the nectar
of the gods, making her immortal. Shortly after, Psyche bore their daughter. They named her Pleasure, and she, Cupid, and Psyche,
whose name means soul, have been complicating people’s
love lives ever since.

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100 thoughts on “The myth of Cupid and Psyche – Brendan Pelsue”

  1. TED-Ed says:

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  2. Yay im Gay says:

    Grade 10?

  3. Samruddhi Naik says:

    Wow.. it's similar to Hindu Gods mythological stories..

  4. Kai Chan says:


  5. jahida says:

    such a powerful love story

  6. Cheryll Quansah says:

    Who her from Lore Olympus

  7. Cheska Pingol says:

    This has a very deep meaning thanks for explaining this much

  8. Nico di Angelo says:

    Oh this is the Roman version. That’s why it’s weird

  9. Arnold Agrees says:

    No wonder I cant find love because of these two confusing me lol

  10. exo’s Love shot says:

    Well thanks for the complications i guess

  11. Muko「ムコ」 says:

    Cupid looks p hot tbh

  12. Aqsa Faheem says:

    Lol all Percy needed was a box of BARLEY CAKE smh

  13. Ainz x Aronn says:

    Psyche is a hackerman or shall I say HACKERWOMAN HAHSHSH

  14. Gamer John says:

    Lol this was our lesson in English

  15. ViolinOfTime says:

    Say Psyche right now

  16. papacachawa exalibur says:

    Say psyche right now

  17. eu. adj says:

    Her beauty made gods and creatures help her…what a curse😂

  18. Air K.O says:

    This is Roman i want Greek

  19. Cristian Fuller says:

    Listen up psyche cupid and pleasure :
    Its been too long now stop messing with my love life

  20. Coco Cat says:

    Ambrozia is litterly a plant :/

  21. Redsilk5Motion says:

    This is a Greek myth yet they are using the Roman names… smh
    Aphrodite and Eros. And Persephone.
    Not Venus and Cupid. Or Proserpine.

  22. M_9141 says:

    Is this real ?

  23. Teodora mavrova says:

    Ambrosia… Ambrosia… Ambrose… Rikkard Ambrose… S&S anyone?

  24. emiryn buebdia says:

    Is Eros and Cupid the same???

  25. Mera Shania Moreno says:

    love, soul and pleasure?

  26. Kwek Kwek says:

    More like cupid and sike

  27. Electric Bird says:

    Do you get this from Percy Jackson lol

  28. Lucas Boninsegna says:


  29. Jashn Patra says:

    I 'hv been hit plz Cupid hit one to her too

  30. Patrick Chang says:

    Hold on, isn’t this myth a Greek myth?

  31. Redloon VEVO says:

    Already knew this cuz I read Percy Jackson



  33. Kūki Kaiyō says:

    It’s actually Eros and Psyche, Cupid is just a American off brand

  34. Nícolas Toledo says:

    Asas de serpente???

  35. Eesh SinGer says:

    damn romance is funny

  36. Deathknight says:

    I fell asleep in the middle…

  37. 《FoxxieღGacha》 says:

    Ah, the intro of Ted-ED. Childhood memories of learning more from one video than a week of school.

  38. Odi And Amy says:


  39. Purple Spark says:

    Umm.. That was haphazard. So there was no point of Venus giving her those tasks and no point of her going to 'sleep'.

  40. Kyle Ferguson says:

    Who was the mysterious voice?

  41. rottenfishh says:


  42. Vella Hilaire says:

    Where's mine love life?🤔🤷🤦

  43. josh palmer says:

    There’s supposed to be 4 tasks

  44. XxPurple_StudiosxX says:

    Didnt u mean eros and persephone?

  45. Edward WoTv says:

    I enjoy your videos but why do you use Venus in the telling of Greek stories ? Small point but important.

  46. maia elle says:

    omg people need to shush about percy jackson. let greek/roman mythology exist without that damn book series popping its nose in every five seconds

  47. Imf Qadri says:

    You've got the Roman version, The original story is from Greek Mythology

  48. Olaet says:

    How do you even know what she was thinking? smh dude chill

  49. White Phoenix Of The Crown says:

    Feel this very much epitomizes my love situation, it's painfully worthy yet so beautiful and inspiring… 🙏✨🌈🦋🌠🔥❣️🔥🔑

  50. FoxHawkPvP says:

    I learned this from Percy Jackson's greek heros.

  51. Gaming with TheWeird1 says:

    Can u name it Eros and psyche? I don’t do roman

  52. Loretta P. says:

    Okay,wait,so this is Roman mythology,right? Because Cupid and Venus are Romans…So it means that it's the Greek myth but with Roman names? (WHY?)

  53. Anshara Jahan says:


  54. tan tran says:


  55. Jake Scart says:

    Please do Apollo and Hyacinthus next!

  56. Crazy AD says:


  57. Orion D. Hunter says:

    Psyche (soul) gives birth to pleasure, Hmm.

  58. 1000 Subs without Videos says:

    Man people can believe anything

  59. Alexis Rodriguez says:

    Make more

  60. Dumbo Octopus says:

    Why the Roman names?

  61. 323starlight says:

    Correction: The god and child of Aphrodite is named Eros, not Cupid.

  62. Dr. Miriam Fuchs OD says:


  63. light light says:

    The description of Cupid 😳

  64. HoEs MaD says:

    No wonder I'm still single ☻

  65. Irreleadas msp says:

    Psyche: stays on the cliff

    Me, an intellectual: jumps off cliff

  66. lost_ bear says:

    its not cupid its eros

  67. NejiHina100 says:

    i can't handle how you butchered Persephone's name

  68. waffle man says:

    My name is psyche

  69. Nankya Brendah says:

    I love the way these communicated things with stories abd myths. . beautiful.. I am impressed!!

  70. 쿠 케이Jess says:

    We learned about this in english class and it was very interesting! But….it didnt say that her sisters tried to have a man to offer for psches hand bcs the men were too scared and know that venus is jelous of her beauty and that cupid impreganted her and cupid only comes home everynight(I think i didn't read the story too deeply)but still one of the most interesting stories i've ever read 😀 Thank you for making this video<3

  71. Амина Кудзиева says:


  72. jelin cutw says:

    Oracle of apollo
    Zephyr west wind
    Oil lamp
    Sort pile ofs seeds
    Ant colony helped

    Bring venus the fleece of the golden sheep
    River God showed how
    Underworld proserpina queen of the dead
    Put a drop of beauty


  73. Ena Elyza Vale says:

    The way Rick Riordan portrayed this was hilarious.

  74. IAM fan says:

    Oh she SWEET but PYSCHO

  75. ponyo says:

    I thought you say her name like sike

  76. Akeisha Hope says:

    Everyone here :don't do it
    Me :

    Psych that's the wrong number

  77. Boi Player4 says:

    Last time I checked, Eros's (Cupid) mother was Aphrodite. (God of Beauty and stuff). Oh and, Queen of the underworld's name was Persephone. I don't know if I'm right or not, that's just how I learned their names.

  78. XYZee says:

    It's Eros, not Cupid. Venus is Roman and the myth is Greek so it's Aphrodite. And who the flying heck is prosepena? Persephone. It's Persephone. Also Psyche kept trying to kill herself during the tasks she was given. Her sisters visited her and they gave her a knife to kill Eros with. They didn't name the child pleasure. Y'

  79. LM5hassnatchedme already says:

    When you truly love someone with all your heart, even the universe starts working to bring that person close to you or you close to them.

  80. Tim McGee says:

    "…she heard an unseen voice say…" All voices are unseen.

  81. sandipan Samuel das says:

    🤣🤣that ending

  82. Zoe G says:

    so this is why im single ay tsk tsk

  83. CelestialLuLu says:

    If you tell a Greek myth use the greek names Psyche, Eros, Aphrodite and Persephone.

  84. DUCKLORD94 says:

    Its eros not cupid

  85. Ah Dindu Nuffin says:

    You use the Greek word "Psyche" which means soul, and the latin word Cupid which in Greek is called Eros ( that's why even today Greeks say we make erota ). Both should be Greek words.

  86. Burton Pierre says:

    I love this

  87. sofia Swer says:

    Someone should make this a movie

  88. Sellyj XxX says:

    One of my favorite Greek story. Thank you for narrating

  89. lemya magzoub says:

    I read a book and it said their daughter's name was bliss

  90. Dark Soul says:

    Love this story even if it's nothing but a lie…

  91. NightInk5 14 says:

    Cupid and Psyche?Maybe you mean Eros and Psyche.

  92. NightInk5 14 says:

    Also,your using roman.The original is Greek.

  93. Thedumb Bro says:

    And yet, im still single

  94. Brooke Melberg says:

    Wait I never knew Cupid had a wife, or had a baby…. wut?? I’m soooo confused their is soo many versions of everything

  95. Edewor Abraham says:

    Soooooo I guess she is the literal definition of "Sleeping Beauty"

  96. Hi Hi says:

    Hmm if you read Percy Jackson and the Greek gods or heroes it has this story but a bit different

  97. KrookT says:

    What could've happened if Venus actually got the Box of Beauty??? Very interesting.

  98. kyrie alarin says:

    throwing the scroll:

  99. Kaklaros Tv says:


  100. Adrián Weis says:

    That's what called schizophrenia

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