This world is our beautiful, wise, huge Mother Earth and she is alive! She whispers to us with the wind, caresses us with the rays of the Sun, feeds with generous crops, surprises and inspires with her beauty. She cares about all her children – at any time you can turn to her for help, and she will empower you.
We were born on this wonderful planet, it gave us so much and all that it requires in return is just a bit of attention. Touch the Earth with both your hands, feel its tremendous power as it enters through the fingers and fills the entire inner space of your body. Mother Earth gently hugs you, softly humming her lullaby song, and you can feel her care and motherly warmth. ... Remember these feelings - Mother Earth is always with you.
Among the Slavs, the Earth was personified in the image of the Mother-Raw Earth, which is the mother of all living beings, the source of love and fertility. Among the Greeks — she was Gaia and Demeter; among the Hindus — Bhumi; among other nations: Isis, Terra, Ki, Api — the names of the beautiful Goddess are innumerable.
For a long time, the Earth has been an object of worship for man. It was considered not only a reservoir of spirits but also revered as the Mother Goddess. Sometimes this goddess was merciful and abundant but she could be formidable and destructive as well.
Gaia is the goddess of earth and the Earth itself, which arose from the initial Chaos. She was the mother of everything that lived and grew up on earth. According to Hesiod, Gaia was the first to stand out from the initial Chaos and gave birth to Uranus (Sky) and Pont (Sea). She was the progenitress of people and the great abode of the dead. The cult of Gaia played a crucial role in honoring ancestors. In the oaths, the name of Gaia was the most sacred. The ancient Delphic temple, according to a legend, was the sanctuary of Gaia before the arrival of Apollo.
Isis, in Egyptian mythology, is the greatest goddess of fertility, the personification of femininity and motherhood, the daughter of Hebe and Nut, sister and spouse of Osiris. Due to its extraordinary importance, the worship of Isis has spread from Egypt throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. In the Hellenistic era, the Phoenician Astarte and the Greek Demeter were compared to her. Later, she began to be honored in other countries. Isis had many temples in Greece and Italy. The cult of Isis acquired mysterious and sensual forms here. The emperors Caligula, Vespasian and Titus showed respect to her. Emperor Domitian was even considered the priest of Isis.
Ki, or Ninhursag - in Sumerian-Akkadian mythology - the goddess of the Earth, the mother goddess, the consort of the god Enki. Although the responsibilities of this goddess were not clearly delineated and her cult was not widely spread in later periods of Sumer’s history, in ancient times kings and rulers called her their mother. Apparently, this goddess was originally called Ki (the Earth) and was considered the wife of Anu (the Sky). She was the oldest personification of the “goddess-mother”, the ancestor of all living creatures, patroness of fertility and harvests. Ninhursag also played an extremely important role in the creation of man.
Mother-Raw Earth was seen by the Slavs as a leaving creature. Grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees rising on her mighty body seemed to be her hair ... "The Earth was created, similar to a human" – is written in somewhat modified form in one of the ancient legends: stones are her body, roots are her bones, trees and grass are her veins and water is her blood”.
In their evolution, the destinies of a man and the Earth are inseparable. By perfecting ourselves, we help our planet become a better place.
The belief that human beings were born from the depth of the Earth is common. In many languages, man is called "born by the Earth."
There are numerous beliefs that children "appear" from the depths of the Earth, caves, grottoes, crevices, as well as from swamps and streams. In the form of legends, superstitions or simply metaphors, these beliefs are still preserved in Europe. In every region, in almost every town and village, a stone or a stream, which "brings in" children is known. This hidden belief in pre-existence in the womb of the Earth had significant consequences: it evoked in man a sense of cosmic affinity with its local environment. Now, this mystical connection is almost lost.
Mother Earth has her own unique energy. She understands, thinks, coordinates and creates. You can only discover this when you are a realized soul. Mother Earth takes care of us. She feeds us. When we are deaf to her moans, we act against Mother Earth. Instead of adopting more subtle qualities from her, we exploit the Earth’s interior for the sake of our selfish motives.
Mother Earth is the custodian of norms. Among people from French Sudan, she is an upholder of morality and justice. In the legends of Kulango from the Ivory Coast, this goddess hates criminals, thieves, sorcerers, and villains.
In all traditional cultures, the Earth is treated with deep respect and reverence. The Earth is the feminine aspect of the Universe and can teach us a lot. Mother Earth generously shares life and warmth, and in return asks for very little. To show respect for the Earth, you need to lead an appropriate life: do not poison water, air or soil, do not litter. Try to leave as few traces as possible in the surrounding world, especially in Nature. Live in harmony with the surrounding world, and do not destroy it. When you stop wasting energy on destruction, your life will become much simpler, easier and filled with love.
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry
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