For Mythological Mondays, I share with you a passage of Hesiod’s Theogeny

THE COSMOGONY

[116] Verily at the first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundations of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros (Love), fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Chaos came forth Erebus and black Night; but of Night were born Aether and Day, whom she conceived and bare from union in love with Erebus. And Earth first bare starry Heaven, equal to herself, to cover her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods. And she brought forth long Hills, graceful haunts of the goddess-Nymphs who dwell amongst the glens of the hills. She bare also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontus, without sweet union of love.

 

This passage was taken from the translation on Theoi, one of my favorite sites for researching the Greek Mythos.  While there are several versions both similar and vastly different, this myth is one of the most common, particularly since Hesiod’s Theogony, along with the Orphic Hymns, stands as one of the most popular and comprehensive bodies of Greek myth concerning creation and cataloging the Gods and Goddesses of old. For a wonderful and comprehensive podcast dealing with several cultural creation myths, I recommend the first podcast from HedgeFolk Tails.

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