The Child Hermaphroditus was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who was the result of a secret love affair. For this reason he was entrusted to the nymphs of the isolated Mount Ida, who allowed him to grow up as a wild creature of the woods. After his encounter with the water- nymph Salmacis, he laid a curse upon the water. According to the fable, all persons who bathed in the water became hermaphrodites. Demi-God and Nymph were made one.