Gaia in Ancient Greek History



Terracotta Statue of Gaia as the Ancient Greeks perceived her
Gaia Statue Photo from "Man Myth & Magic" courtesy Macdonald & Co London


Hesiod says that "in the beginning there was chaos, vast and dark space; then appeared Gaia, the deep breasted earth..."

According to Hesiod, Gaia is the only divinity with well defined features: from her all things issued.

Gaia was said to have given birth to the human race. Thus, in the Myth of Ericthonius she draws him forth from her own bosom, and offers him up to Athene: he was the first inhabitant of Attica.

Gaia was venerated at the Oracle of Delphi, the supreme centre of divination in Greece; also at Patras, Aegea, Olympia and in the sanctuaries at Sparta and Athens.

Later, as other divinities rose in the estimation of men the role of Gaia gradually became less important.

Now the pendulum is swinging back to the re-emergence of the feminine principle and balance, where

  • Demeter
  • Venus
  • Selene
  • Artemis
  • Aphrodite
  • Athene
    to Quan Yin
  • Isis
  • Ishtar
    and Durga
    all the way to Virgin Mary are becoming important again in the collective planetary consciousness.

    Let us honour the nurturing feminine within us All.

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