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

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5 Comments on “God of the Week: Ouranos”

  1. dmabu Says:

    how about I believe in WHATEVER I want and you have nothing to say!

    let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE*
    of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*, which is completely divorced from
    any human objectives…

    this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*
    THE BOOBQUAKE – 911!
    hey, atheists don’t even BELIEVE IN BOOBIES!!!
    they thought BOOBIES had no effect… WRONG!

    see, I just want to make it clear to the rest of you:
    jen is unable to see that there is a CONFLICT BETWEEN EROS & SCIENCE….



    see how we take a term and convert it into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION – THAT
    OF LIBERATION – not just merely harmless expression…

    Visit for the BOOBQUAKE:


    • Hi Dennis,
      “how about I believe in WHATEVER I want and you have nothing to say!”

      Looks like you’ve already mastered that.

      I will make a deal with you: if you can figure out how to properly format a post, a task even a child can do, then I will pay attention to your insane banter for awhile. In the mean time, you really should seek therapy. I don’t know the exact nature of your illness, but it’s not going to magically go away. There are some wonderful doctors in Canada. If you don’t have family that can help you, there social service programs you can assist you. Good Luck.

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