Chronos Metamorphoses of Aither and Chaos
- Chronos: In the Orphic cosmogony the unageing Chronos produced Aither and Chaos, and made a silvery egg in the divine Aither. It produced the bisexual god Phanes, who gave birth to the first generation of gods and is the ultimate creator of the cosmos. (wikipedia source).
- Aither: Aether (also Æthere, Greek: Αἰθήρ), in Greek mythology, is one of the Protogenoi, the first-born elemental gods. He is the personification of the upper sky, space, and heaven, and is the elemental god of the “Bright, Glowing, Upper Air.” He is the pure upper air that the gods breathe, as opposed to the normal air (Ἀήρ, aer) mortals breathe. In Hesiod‘s Theogony, he was the son of Erebus and Nyx and brother of Hemera. Both were noted in passing in Cicero‘s De Natura deorum, but Hyginus mentioned Chaos as his parent. The aether was also known as Zeus‘ defensive wall, the bound that locked Tartarus from the rest of the cosmos.
- Chaos: In Greek mythical cosmogony, particularly in the Theogony (Origin of the Gods) of Hesiod (8th–7th century BC), Chaos is the original dark void from which everything else appeared. First came Gaia (Earth) and Eros (Love), then Erebus and his sister Nyx (Night). These siblings produced children together which included Aether, Hemera (Day), andNemesis. Other cosmogonies, such as the lost Heptamychos of Pherecydes of Syros, also have the gods being born from Chaos, but in a different way.
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