God of the Week: Ouranos
God of the Week 05/03/2010: Ouranos
Ouranos (Uranus) is the ancient Greek father god. His name means “Father sky”, and he is the personification of the heavens.
The ancient Greeks had several different theories with regard to the origin of the world, but the generally accepted notion was that before this world came into existence, there was in its place a confused mass of shapeless elements called Chaos. These elements becoming at length consolidated (by what means does not appear), resolved themselves into two widely different substances, the lighter portion of which, soaring on high, formed the sky or firmament, and constituted itself into a vast, overarching vault, which protected the firm and solid mass beneath.
Thus came into being the two first great primeval deities of the Greeks, [Ouranos] and Ge or Gaea.
[Ouranos], the more refined deity, represented the light and air of heaven, possessing the distinguishing qualities of light, heat, purity, and omnipresence, whilst Gaea, the firm, flat, life-sustaining earth, was worshipped as the great all-nourishing mother.
-E.M. Berens, The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome