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In Greek mythology, Narcissus, Narkissos or The Self-Admirer (Greek: Νάρκισσος), was a hero of the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty.
In the tale told by Ovid, Echo, a nymph, falls in love with the vain youth named Narcissus, who was the son of the blue Nymph Leirope of Thespia. The river god Cephisus had once encircled Leirope with the windings of his streams, and thus trapping her, had seduced the nymph. Concerned about the baby's welfare, Leirope went to consult the prophet Teiresias regarding her son's future. Teiresias told the nymph that Narcissus "would live to a ripe old age, as long as he never knew himself."
In Greek mythology, Echo was a mountain nymph who annoyed Hera, queen of the gods, by talking to her constantly. Echo's chatter distracted Hera and prevented her from discovering the love affairs of her husband, Zeus. As punishment, Hera took away Echo's power of speech so that she could say nothing except the last words spoken by someone else.
One day when Narcissus was out hunting stags, Echo stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted, "Who's there?", Echo answered "Who's there?" And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace the lovely youth.
He pulled away from the nymph and vainly told her to leave him alone. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely glens, pining away for the love she never knew, until only her voice remained.
Eventually he became thirsty and and went to drink from a stream. Although he was thirsty, he could not look away, but he wouldn't touch the water for fear of damaging his reflection. So he eventually passed away, staring at his own reflection.
The Narcissus flower grew from where he died.