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Postby VeenaandNivyah » Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:53 am

Hey Everybody, :D
My science teacher started the topic of plants and vegetative reproduction.
She termed bisexual plants as "hermaphrodites". i started to wonder whether aphrodite, the greek goddess was involved in this. she agreed and left me at a complete loss to understand anything. :(

can help me by answering my query? i know this is slightly out of topic, but all the same, an unanswered question can cause a lot of disturbanc e in a person's mind. :P :P
Thanks a lot.
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Postby Poison » Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:58 am

Actually using the term "hermaphrodite" is better when talking about an organism.
It means that the organism produces both male and female reproductive cells.
Are you trying to ask something different.

PS: Nothing to do with greek goddess or such kind of things. :roll:
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Postby Navin » Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:23 pm

I found stuff related to Greek mythology and the word Hermaphrodite.

"Hephaestus, Hera's son, was the crippled laughingstock of the gods when he married Charis (Grace). His work was very skilled, though, and over time he earned respect. Achilles' mother asked him for a shield that is almost as renowned as the Iliad. Zeus sought his help in crafting the first woman of Athens. Anyway, Hephaestus had lusted after Aphrodite for many years and finally wore her down. Putting Charis aside, he married the goddess of love.
Marriage was a bit confining to Aphrodite, so they maintained separate residents, she on Olympus, he in his forge. On Olympus she was in frequent contact with Hermes and Ares who provided handsome contrasts to her husband. It didn't take long before she and Hermes got together. As a result, Aphrodite gave birth to a boy she named, not too imaginatively, after its two parents. He was called Hermaphroditus."

And from wikipedia: "The term "hermaphrodite" derives from Hermaphroditus, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite in Greek mythology, who was fused with a nymph, resulting in one possessing physical traits of both sexes. Thus Hermaphroditus was, by the modern terminology, a simultaneous hermaphrodite. The mythological figure of Tiresias, who figures in the Oedipus cycle as well as the Odyssey, was a sequential hermaphrodite, having been changed from a man to a woman and back by the gods."
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Postby amoebapower » Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:58 pm

i do not understand much of greek mythology because where i come from its not very prevalent. however, i heard that hermaphroditus was a male an female demigod
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