Journal 9

Journal 9 - Greeks. The influence of nature in cultures...

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As I read the Homer’s twenty-ninth hymn, “Hymn to Gaia, Mother of All”, I recounted one of my classes last semester called Habitat and Humanity, where the main focus was how cultures used the land in more ways than just a living place but as cultural symbols. Along with that, ideas of the world were also presented. One of these was called the Gaia Hypothesis. James Lovelock, the creator of this theory in the 1960s, said that the earth functioned as a single organism. I find it amazing that an extension of an idea of Ancient Greece is even still used today. Now that I look at this hypothesis, I realize why “Gaia” was used- Gaia was the creator of the earth and everything in it and every thing functions together because of her. This annex of Gaia by Lovelock really summarizes the ancient view of what the world was as told by the
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Unformatted text preview: Greeks. The influence of nature in cultures reigns substantially high for a majority of them, from the earliest times of thinking to the modern times. Along with the idea that the earth serves as a single body, Lovelock also implies that the earth is a self-regulating organism. In a sense, this is just like Gaia as well. Gaia regulates what happens on earth- from crops to animals to humans. Ancient Greeks believed in this god and that she provided and controlled the natural surroundings just as Lovelock and other anthropologists do now. It is quite fascinating that even in the most scientific and technological times, the force of nature on cultures is still so great....
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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