Name: Khaos (Chaos)
Offspring of: Nothing- Arose from the abyss.
Children: Gaia, Tartarus, Erebus, Nyx, and Eros
Occasionally referred to as a goddess, Khaos is the creator of all. The Titans and Olympians eventually came to being as a result of Khaos. The name literally translates to “the gap”, meaning the gap between heaven and earth. Khaos was the mother of Gaia (the Earth) and other substances of air. Khaos is also the grandmother of the Moirae, better known as The Fates.
"Ere land and sea and the all-covering sky were made, in the whole world the countenance of nature was the same, all one, well named Chaos, a raw and undivided mass, naught but a lifeless bulk, with warring seeds of ill-joined elements compressed together. No Titan [Helios the Sun] as yet poured light upon the world, no waxing Phoebe [Selene the Moon] her crescent filled anew, nor in the ambient air yet hung the earth, self-balanced, equipoised, nor Amphitrite’s [the Sea’s] arms embraced the long far margin of the land. Though there were land and sea and air, the land no foot could tread, no creature swim the sea, the air was lightless; nothing kept its form, all objects were at odds, since in one mass cold essence fought with hot, and moist with dry, and hard with soft and light with things of weight."
-Ovid, Metamorphoses 1. 1 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.)@1 year ago with 30 notes
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