Gaia was one of the Greek primordial deities, and the great mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans, the Giants and the sea-gods.
Myths Associated with Gaia
The Celts, also on the continent, had several goddesses, also of war. "Apart from these goddesses of war, there were other Amazonian figures who led armies into battle. Often they were also endowed with legendary sexual prowess..." "The Celts included the cult of the mother goddess in their rites, as archeological evidence testifies. Indeed, the Tuatha Dé were the descendants of the goddess Danu, and in some local instances, the ruler of the otherworld was a goddess, rather than a god, just as some folktales represented the otherworld as 'the Land of Women'.”
When Zeus was born Gaia took the child into her care, thus allowing him to escape Cronus and later, with her advice, overthrow him becoming King of the Gods.
In classical art Gaia was represented in one of two ways. In Athenian vase painting she was shown as a matronly woman only half risen from the earth, often in the act of handing the baby Erichthonius (a future king of Athens) to Athena to foster. In mosaic representations, she appears as a woman reclining upon the earth surrounded by a host of Carpi, infant gods of the fruits of the earth.
Oaths sworn in the name of Gaia, in ancient Greece, were considered the most binding of all.
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