“The legend of Adonis is: That he was the King of Cyprus. Adonis was possessed of such surprising beauty that “Venus” (Goddess of Love) became enamored with him, and adopted him as her favorite. Subsequently Adonis, who was a great hunter, died from a wound inflicted by a wild boar on Mount Lebanon. Venus flew to the succor of her favorite, but she came. too late. Adonis was dead.
On his descent to the infernal regions Proserpine (Queen of Hades) became, like Venus, so attracted by his beauty that, not withstanding the entreaties of the goddess of love she refused to restore him to earth. At length the prayers of the desponding Venus were listened to with favor by Jupiter (Father of Men and Gods) who reconciled the dispute between the two goddesses, and by whose decree Proserpine was compelled to consent that Adonis should spend six months of each year alternately with herself and Venus.”– The origin of Freemasonry and Knights templar by Bennett, John Richardson, (1907) pg. 10-11
“Osiris or the sun was now worshipped throughout the whole world, though under different names. He wag the Mithra of the Persians, the Brahma of India, the Baal or Adonis of the Phoenicians, the Apollo of the Greeks, the Odin Of Scandinavia, the Hu of the Britons, and the Baiwe of the Laplanders.” – THE THE VEIL OF ISIS; OR, MYSTERIES OF THE DRUIDS BY W. WINWOOD READE. 1861
Nimrod was also called a great hunter like Adonis.