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GAIA mother nature was the Protogenos of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky.

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Gaia was the Protogenos of earth, one of the primal elements who first emerged at the dawn of creation, along with air, sea and sky. She was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos, the sea-gods from her union with Pontos, the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros and mortal creatures were sprung or born from her earthy flesh.

 

As Gaia was the source from which arose the vapours producing divine inspiration, she herself also was regarded as an oracular divinity, and it is well known that the oracle of Delphi was believed to have at first been in her possession, and at Olympia, too, she had an oracle in early times. That Ge belonged to the theoi chthinioi, requires no explanation, and hence she is frequently mentioned where they are invoked. The surnames and epithets given to Ge have more or less reference to her character as the all-producing and all-nourishing mother (mater omniparens et alma), and hence Servius classes her together with the divinities presiding over marriage. Her worship appears to have been universal among the Greeks, and she had temples or altars at Athens, Sparta, Delphi, Olympia, Bura, Tegea, Phlyus, and other places.

 

In myth Gaia appears as the prime opponent of the heavenly gods. First she rebelled against her husband Ouranos who had imprisoned her sons in her womb. Then later, when her son Kronos defied her by imprisoning these same sons, she assisted Zeus in his overthrow of the Titan. Finally she came into conflict with Zeus, angered with him for the binding of her Titan-sons in the pit of Tartaros. In her opposition she first produced the tribe of Gigantes and later the monster Typhoeus to dethrone him, but both failed in both attempts. In 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 Tartaros. She herself supported the sea and moutains upon her breast.

 

Gaia was depicted as a buxom, matronly woman, half risen from the earth in Greek vase painting. She was portrayed as inseperable from her native element. In mosaic art, Gaia appears as a full-figured, reclining woman, often clothed in green, and sometimes accompanied by grain spirits —the Karpoi.

 

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Comment by Nada Jung on April 28, 2019 at 11:06am

The oldest tree in the world listed to date ... 6000 years. In Senegal.
Respect, grandfather.

Comment by Luna Arjuna on April 27, 2019 at 8:44pm

An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.

~ Confucius

Comment by Luna Arjuna on April 27, 2019 at 8:42pm

Butchart Gardens - British Columbia, Canada

Comment by Luna Arjuna on April 27, 2019 at 12:08am

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

Pablo Neruda

"Queen Guinevere’s Maying" by John Collier

Comment by Eva Annemarie on April 22, 2019 at 7:59am

GIANT Cactus in Oaxaca, Mexico! Organ pipe cactus.
The gentleman is harvesting fruit!

Comment by Nada Jung on April 20, 2019 at 3:25pm

Image: Wildflower profusion on Table Mountain near Oroville, California only 30 minutes from the horrendous fires that engulfed the town of Paradise last autumn.

Taken by the nimble fingers and loving eye of Carolien van Straten

Comment by Eva Libre on April 15, 2019 at 11:42pm

~ Image by Nelleke Pieters

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

~ Leo Tolstoy

Comment by Luna Arjuna on March 2, 2019 at 5:14pm

Benagil Sea Cave, Algarve, Portugal

Comment by Luna Arjuna on March 2, 2019 at 5:12pm

An apple tree, although very common in southern Brazil, the rest of the country probably never saw one, are not they beautiful?

Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on February 25, 2019 at 9:09pm

Story of Flowers

 

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