"Most cultures recognize "mother earth" as female.
Perhaps because it seems as though the planet itself was established specifically for the purpose of nurturing mankind...
Whatever her (or his) name, earth is recognized in virtually every culture.
The ancient Greeks called her Gaia.
The Roman equivalent was named Terra, from which we eventually took the name terra firma.
Norsemen called her Jord and credited her with being the mother of Thor."
Gaia in Greek folklore is a beautiful and voluptuous female.
She is the personification of the earth...
Sometimes she is shown as half-buried in the earth....
She was the mother of all gods and giants...
In modern times, some earth scientists use the term "Gaia" to mean the complete living planet itself, as a complex organism...
See Scylla and Charybdis:
See the Elder Mother:
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