Gaia the Primordial Mother Goddess – Greek Myths and Legends

Gaia The Primordial Mother goddess. In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess. She is the immediate parent of Uranus god of the Sky from whose union she bore the Titans (Titans themselves being parents of many of the Olympian gods) and the Giants, and of Pontus (the sea) from whose union she bore the primordial sea gods. Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra. The Greek name (Gaĩa) is a mostly epic, meaning “Earth”, a word of uncertain origin. Robert S. P. Beekes has suggested a Pre-Greek origin. It, however, could be related to the Avestan word gaiia “life” gaēθā “material world, totality of creatures” and gaēθiia “belonging to, residing in the worldly or material sphere, material” or perhaps to Avestan gairi “mountain” In Mycenean Greek Ma-ka (transliterated as Ma-ga, “Mother Gaia”) also contains the root ga-. Hesiod’s Theogony tells how, after Chaos, “wide-bosomed” Gaia (Earth) arose to be the everlasting seat of the immortals who possess Olympus above, and the depths of Tartarus below He then tells that Gaia brought forth her equal Uranus (Heaven, Sky) to “cover her on every side” and to be the abode of the gods. Gaia also bore the hills (ourea), and Pontus (Sea), “without sweet union of love” (i.e., with no father) Afterwards with Uranus she gave birth to the Titans, as Hesiod tells it: She lay with Heaven and bore deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Cronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire. According to Hesiod, Gaia conceived further offspring with Uranus, first the giant one-eyed Cyclopes: Brontes (“Thunder”), Steropes (“Lightning”) and Arges (“Bright”) then the Hecatonchires: Cottus, Briareos and Gyges, each with a hundred arms and fifty heads. Please watch the video for more information on the Primordial Mother Goddess Gaia or visit the channel page for much more from Greek Mythologies Myths and Legends at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.

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