I'm doing a project and can't seem to find any myths about the Greek goddess (mother earth) Gaia. Can anyone help?I'm doing a project and can't seem to find any myths about the Greek goddess...

I'm doing a project and can't seem to find any myths about the Greek goddess (mother earth) Gaia. Can anyone help?

I'm doing a project and can't seem to find any myths about the Greek goddess (mother earth) Gaia. Can anyone help?

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Gaia is one of the oldest surviving Greek deities. She is mentioned on Mycenaean Linear B tablets and also in Hesiod's Theogony, which described the Greek pantheon of Gods during the early eight century and is one of the earliest written records of Greek civilization. Most of the legends that surround Gaia (Gea) the Gods she bore both with a partner and asexually.

One interesting myth about Gaia is that she was the original deitywho controlled the oracle at Delphi before that position passed to Apollo, who killed her child Python.  The Delphic oracle was famous in the ancient Mediterranean for its predictions and advice for those who sought it and offered payment. A torch was also taken from Delphi when new Greek settlements were established because the Greeks believed the oracle resided at the center of the world.

Ancient Greeks also swore oaths in Gaia's name because they believed she would enforce their validity.


 

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