An oneiros, who achieved apotheosis through musical and sexual passion.

The original Amaranth was a spellsinger, a musician and dancer of fabulous skill, able to make stones dance, and pacify fearsome beasts, a lover of wine, women and song. According to legend his lover was Daramala, a woman of higher social status, to win whom he had to perform ten tasks of fantastic difficulty. When Daramala died Amaranth was heartbroken. He bought back her life from Coryon for a song, but on condition that he not look at her during the short walk back to their home. Daramala tripped, Amaranth turned, and they were parted forever. Amaranth forswore music, dance, and joy. A little later he threw himself off a cliff, to join his beloved Daramala in eternity.

His avatars’ legends include every possible love-story, ranging the spectrum from idyllic romance to desolate tragedy, and are very popular subjects for drama and songs.

In art and iconography Amaranth is depicted as a beautiful slender young man, with fair skin and wavy chestnut hair (see Gehennese local races). He is usually dressed in a purple-red zoma, and often shown with a dark red rose between his teeth. His symbols are a songbird, a recorder, and a red rose.

Musicians (especially players of wind instruments), singers, dancers, and minstrels often worship Amaranth, as do lovers, and people with strong amorous inclinations. The same people tend to become his avatars.

Amaranth’s major realms are music, song, dance, and erotic passion. His minor realms are love, trickery, self-indulgence, and spellsinging.

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