Why Gaea?

We are inspired by the ancient Goddess images from excavations of Old European sites. Unfortunately, their languages have never been translated, and we do not know what they called their Goddesses. However, the Ancient Greeks wrote of the war between their gods, the Olympians, and the previous set of gods that inhabited the area, the Titans. The Titans are largely portrayed by the Greeks as powerful, inhuman beings who cared little for mankind. A violent transition to the worship of a new pantheon of gods is a common occurrence throughout the Old World: the Indo-Europeans invaded an area, then supplanted the gods of the native peoples with their imported pantheon. Often, a mythological “war between the gods” occurs, with the Indo-European gods victorious to one degree or another. Of course, it is the victors who write the histories.

The Titan, Gaea, was the Earth herself. In Hesiod’s Theogony, we read about Gaea being impregnated numerous times by her brother/husband Ouranos, the god of Sky/Heaven, bringing forth an entire generation of Titans. The worship of Gaea was one which persisted even into Classical Greco-Roman times, and she was honored as “Mother Earth”, being known to the Romans as “Terra”. To this day, when we speak of “Mother Earth” or “Mother Nature”, “Gaea” is basically the equivalent.

It could very well be that the Great Goddess of Old Europe had the name Gaea; we just don’t know. However, we feel that a return to a respectful, sustainable relationship with the Earth today is of vital importance to the world we will be leaving our grandchildren. Therefore, Gaea is an appropriate goddess image/ icon/ name concept for a new tribal society, inspired by the ancient Great Goddess cultures of Old Europe.

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