Tell the world what you’re made of
Previously, we talked about the primeval entities of both Mesopotamian and Egyptian mythologies, in the form of Tiamat and Nun respectively. Well, in the case of Greek mythology, the role of a primordial deity (protogenoi) at the beginning of creation is played by Gaia (or Gaea). In essence, she was regarded as the mother of all creation, whose conception signaled the starting of order after the long period of chaos (the symbolic scope of void or abyss). And thus all the Greek gods and goddesses descended from her lineage, with the first generation being born from her union with Ouranos (or Uranus), the sky god.
And like other ancient mythologies, this primordial Greek goddess, while initially depicted in a positive note, ultimately took the form of an antagonist. The former narrative is alluded to by her rebellious actions against her husband (and later her son), when Ouranos imprisoned many of their offsprings – comprising giants, inside her womb. However, as the Olympian Greek gods (discussed later) gained ascendancy in the pantheon of Greek divine entities, Gaia’s portrayal took a somewhat negative turn.
This is hinted by her conspiracy against Zeus, the king of Greek gods, to overthrow him – in retaliation for the imprisonment of the Titans (Gaia’s other sons with Ouranos) in Tartaros, the abyss within the underworld. Interestingly enough, in spite of such abstract aspects and narratives, Gaia was often visually depicted in a simple manner, as a buxom, matronly woman rising from the ground, sometimes garbed in green – thus signifying her association to Earth.