Gaia is the ancient goddess of the earth itself. (You might know her better as Mother Earth.) Yeah, she's a pretty big deal. Actually, Gaia is thought of as one of the oldest divine beings of them all, since she was one of the first to spring from Chaos, the empty void that existed before anything else. Yeah, anything else. She is often depicted as a full-bodied woman, emerging from the ground. Oh, and when you're important, you get a bunch of names, and that's definitely the case for our lady: she was also known as Gaea or Ge by the Greeks, and she was worshiped by the Romans as Tullus or Terra Matter.
Gaia (or Gaea, depending on who's spellchecking)
Mother Earth, Mama, Terra, Mother, Mommy, G-Force
I'm the earth. You live on me.
Goddess of the Earth, Being a Mother
The universe taught me everything I know. But I also like to freshen up my knowledge at the Geographical Association's annual conference. The wine and cheese events are to die for.
"Politics" is the invention of lesser beings, most of whom are terrified of me.
Chaos (pretty sweet parent, eh?)
Tartarus, Aither, and Eros (Well, we came into being at the same time anyway)
All of humanity (yeah, that means you)
I don't need "friends" – I'm the goddess of the earth
Yeah, right. (Well, maybe Orion, but come on – no hard feelings.)
I was married to my son, Ouranos, the sky, but then I had him castrated. Do. Not. Mess. With. Me.
Nobody, thanks. I can't seem to stop giving birth, whether I'm with anyone or not.
"In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however, we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions of the same planet, Earth."
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Orinco Flow by Enya
The California Academy of Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
My sleep machine with earth sound therapy
Discovery Channel's Planet Earth
Ha! You're looking for Gaia? Well, you don't have to look very far. She's the earth itself. So, just look down – or up or over for that matter – and there she is. Sometimes she pops out of the ground in the form of a full-bodied woman, but she never totally leaves the dirt she's made of. Make sure you're respectful if you do manage to get Gaia to strike up a conversation with you. Don't go thinking she's a total softy because she's Mother Earth and all that. She's responsible for knocking not one but two supreme rulers of the universe off of their thrones. So, yeah she may be the mother of us all, but she is definitely not to be trifled with.
Sex: Female, duh
Hair Color: Darkish (Dirt-Like, you might say)
Facial Hair: None
Jewelry and accessories: She sometimes wears a veil or headdress, but mostly she just lets her gorgeous locks flow down over her shoulders.
Armor: Planet Earth
Type of Weapon: None
Jan 1, 1970
In The Birds by Aristophanes, we learn a little bit about Gaia's own creation story. If she's the mother of everyone, how was she born?
Dec 20, 2019
The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. In Book 1, Gaia is pretty much the bomb dot com.
Dec 20, 2019
In Anthem by Ayn Rand, one of the characters reclaims her identity by changing her name to Gaea. You go, girl.
Dec 20, 1969
Although she doesn't mention her by name, Maya Angelou's "Africa" is definitely about our lady, Mother Earth.
Dec 20, 1975
Check her out as a comic strip character in Doctor Strange # 6 (Marvel Comics).
Dec 20, 1990
Gaia made a few appearances in this awesome animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers.