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Myths of Creation and Succession
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Early Creation        World begins with spontaneous emergence of 4 divine beings: Chaos, Gaia/Gê/Earth, Tartaros, and Eros a. all beings are descended from Chaos or Gaia b. absence of fathers: feminine Chaos, Nyx and Gaia breed all (parthenogenesis) c. all are personified forces
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Simplified Divine Genealogy
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Chaos ( khaiein , to yawn open) born first. Void between Gaia and Tartaros. strong spatial sense in narrative Importance of Eros ( Cartoon History of the Universe !) females in control, until Ouranos/Sky born Sacred Marriage of Earth and Sky: role of agriculture Hesiod's perspective typical of his culture: fearful of women Pattern: Male figures become stronger, while females more diluted, weaker through the course of time
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Gaia/Earth and Ouranos/Sky 1. Gaia/Earth represents totality out of which descend her lesser, fragmented followers (Rhea, Hera, Demeter, et al.) 2. controls her own sexuality and hence fertility (& power) 3. why does Ouranos/Sky stop children from birth?
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