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Gaea The Living Earth -

Gaea The Living Earth by Kathleen Cameron

As I already have an ongoing series of Greek Goddesses, it wouldn't have been right to do this piece in any other and the Creation of the Cosmos GAIA (or Gaea) was the Protogenos (primeval divinity) of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and She was the great mother of all : the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos (the sky), the sea-gods from her union with Pontos (the sea), the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros (the hell-pit) and mortal creatures were sprung or born from her earthy myth Gaia appears as the prime opponent of the heavenly First she rebelled against her husband Ouranos (Sky) who had imprisoned her sons in her Then later, when her son Kronos defied her by imprisoning these same sons, she assisted Zeus in his overthrow of the Finally she came into conflict with Zeus, angered with him for the binding of her Titan-sons in the pit of In her opposition she first produced the tribe of Gigantes and later the monster Typhoeus to dethrone him, but both failed in both the ancient Greek cosmology earth was conceived as a flat disk encirced by the river Okeanos, and topped above by the solid dome of heaven and below by the great pit of She herself supported the sea and moutains upon her was depicted as a buxom, matronly woman, half risen from the earth (as in the image) in Greek vase She was portrayed as inseperable from her native In mosaic art, Gaia appears as a full-figured, reclining woman, often clothed in green, and sometimes accompanied by grain spirits--the

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