Chaos: Encyclopedia Mythica™

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Chaos :The Roman writer Ovid gave Chaos its modern meaning; that of an unordered and formless primordial mass.


by Ron Leadbetter

Chaos is from the Greek word Khaos, meaning “gaping void”. There are many explanations as to who or what Chaos is, but most theories state that it was the void from which all things developed into a distinctive entity, or in which they existed in a confused and amorphous shape before they were separated into genera. In other words, Chaos is or was “nothingness.” Though some ancient writers thought it was the primary source of all things, other writers tell of Gaia (Earth) being born from Chaos without a mate, along with Eros and Tartarus. Then from Gaia came Uranus (Heaven or Sky) which gave us Heaven and Earth.Chaos has…

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