January 6th, 2009 by sabrina

Khaos is the Greek Goddess of the air. There are two schools of thought as to how she came into existence—either she was the first being (in the beginning, there was only chaos), or she is the daughter of Ananke and Khronos, two of the primeval Gods. In the first instance, Khaos created Erebos (God of darkness), Nyx (Goddess of the night), Aither (God of light), and Hemera (Goddess of the day). In the second, she is the sister of Erebos and Aither. Either way, Khaos represented the empty misty air in between the earth and the heavens. Her name, which means “the gap” or “the chasm,” is also seen as Khaeos, Chaos, or Chaeus.

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5 responses about “Khaos”

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  2. stepphan said:

    I have found in my research that khaos is the void between Heaven and Hell and “khoas
    was the first of the Protogenoi (primeval gods) to emerge at the creation of the universe. She was followed in quick succession by Gaia (Earth), Tartaros (the Underworld) and Eros (Love the life-bringer).

    Khaos was the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth – invisible air and gloomy mist. Her name khaos literally means the gap, the space between heaven and earth. Khaos was the mother or grandmother of the other substances of air: Nyx (Night), Erebos (Darkness), Aither (Light) and Hemera (Day), as well as the various emotion-affecting Daimones which drifted through it. She was also a goddess of fate like her daughter Nyx and grand-daughters the Moirai.”

  3. stepphan said:

    and “United with it [Khronos time] was Ananke (Inevitability, Compulsion), being of the same nature, or Adrastea, incorporeal … this is the great Khronos (Unaging Time) that we found in it [the Rhapsodies], the father of Aither and Khaos. Indeed, in this theology too [the Hieronyman], this Khronos (Time), the serpent has offspring, three in number: moist Aither (Light) (I quote), unbounded Khaos (Air), and as a third, misty Erebos (Darkness) … Among these, he says, Khronos (Time) generated an egg [containing all solid matter – earth sea and sky].” – Orphic Fragment 54 (from Damascius)” which is kinda contradictory

  4. Priestess said:

    Um.. No, sorry but Khanos/Chaos is not the Goddess of Air. She is: The formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos in the Greek creation myths, more specifically the initial “gap” created by the original separation of heaven and earth.
    She is also the daughter of Adrasteia and the Granddaughter of Ananke. And she gave birth to or created: Nyx, Gaia, Erebus, Tantaros, and Eros. From my research so far the Protogenoi (primeval gods)were from Ananke. She is their Grandmother and Great, Great Grandmother. She is the ULTIMATE Protogenoi (primeval goddess).

  5. Priestess said:

    Chaos/Khaos is the mother of Nyx, Gaia, Erebus, Tantaros, and Eros. And the grandmother of The Fates or Moirai.