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Thursday, 21 June 2007
05:37:50 PM (GMT)
Gaia or Gaea, known as Earth or Mother Earth (the Greek common noun for "land" is ge
or ga). She was an early earth goddess and it is written that Gaia was born from
Chaos, the great void of emptiness within the universe, and with her came Eros. She
gave birth to Pontus (the Sea) and Uranus (the Sky). This was achieved
parthenogenetically (without male intervention). Other versions say that Gaia had as
siblings Tartarus (the lowest part of the earth, below Hades itself) and Eros, and
without a mate, gave birth to Uranus (Sky), Ourea (Mountains) and Pontus (Sea).

Gaia took as her husband Uranus, who was also her son, and their offspring included
the Titans, six sons and six daughters. She gave birth to the Cyclopes and to three
monsters that became known as the "Hecatonchires". The spirits of punishment known as
the Erinyes were also offspring of Gaia and Uranus. The Gigantes, finally, were
conceived after Uranus had been castrated by his son Cronus, and his blood fell to
earth from the open wound.

To protect her children from her husband, (the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires, as he
was fearful of their great strength), Gaia hid them all within herself. One version
says that Uranus was aghast at the sight of his offspring so he hid them away in
Tartarus, which are the bowels of the earth. Gaia herself found her offspring
uncomfortable and at times painful, when the discomfort became to much to bear she
asked her youngest son Cronus to help her. She asked him to castrate Uranus, thus
severing the union between the Earth and Sky, and also to prevent more monstrous
offspring. To help Cronus achieve his goal Gaia produced an adamantine sickle to
serve as the weapon. Cronus hid until Uranus came to lay with Gaia and as Uranus drew
near, Cronus struck with the sickle, cutting the genitalia from Uranus. Blood fell
from the severed genitals and came in contact with the earth and from that union was
born the Erinyes (Furies), the Giants and the Meliae (Nymphs of the manna ash

After the separation of the Earth from the Sky, Gaia gave birth to other offspring,
these being fathered by Pontus. Their names were the sea-god Nereus, Thaumas,
Phorcys, Ceto and Eurybia. In other versions Gaia had offspring to her brother
Tartarus; they were Echidna and Typhon, the later being an enemy of Zeus. Apollo
killed Typhon when he took control of the oracle at Delphi, which Gaia originally
provided, and then the "Sibyl" sang the oracle in Gaia's shrine.

It was Gaia who saved Zeus from being swallowed by Cronus, after Zeus had been born,
Gaia helped Rhea to wrap a stone in swaddling clothes, this was to trick Cronus in to
thinking it was Zeus, because Cronus had been informed that one of his children would
depose him, and so to get rid of his children he had swallowed them, Gaia's trick
worked and Zeus was then taken to Crete.

MMORPG_Maker_To_Be_ says:   21 June 2007   529411  
wow you seem to know alot about mytholagy. do you play any games
about it? like age of mytholagy?
Thingie456 says:   21 June 2007   284357  
nu uh i don't play any games. i just look at sites, look at wats
interesting, and study it.
Kisame32 says:   21 June 2007   698451  
*cough*no life
MoonFireFox says:   22 June 2007   132751  
thats kool....a person into mytholagy. I have a book on it...alot of
reading though
Thingie456 says:   24 June 2007   313425  
Fuck u kisame
*holds up middle fingers*
XxCutMyWristAndBlackMyEyesxX says :   17 August 2009   749552  
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