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Gaia (pronounced /ˈɡeɪ.ə/ or /ˈɡaɪ.ə/; from Ancient Greek Γαῖα “land” or “earth”; also Gæa, Gaea or Gea, from Koine and Modern Greek Γῆ1) is the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth, the Greek version of “Mother Nature”, of which the earliest reference to the term is the Mycenaean Greek ma-ka (transliterated as ma-ga), “Mother Gaia”, written in Linear B syllabic script.2

Gaia is a primordial deity in the Ancient Greek pantheon and considered a Mother Titan or Great Titan.

Western tradition History
The word nature comes from the Latin word, natura, meaning birth or character (see nature (innate)). In English its first recorded use, in the sense of the entirety of the phenomena of the world, was very late in history in 1662; however natura, and the personification of Mother Nature, was widely popular in the Middle Ages and can be traced to Ancient Greece in origin. Though Earth or Eorthe in the Old English period may have been personified as a goddess and the Norse also had a goddess called Jord Earth, the earliest refer to the term “Mother Earth” is the Mycenaean Greek ma-ka (transliterated as ma-ga), “Mother Gaia”, written in Linear B syllabic script. The pre-Socratic philosophers of Greece had invented nature when they abstracted the entirety of phenomena of the world into a single name and spoken of as a single object: physis. Later Greek thinkers such as Aristotle were not as entirely inclusive, excluding the stars and moon, the “supernatural”, from nature. Thus from this Aristotelian view—nature existing inside a larger framework and not inclusive of everything—nature became a personified deity, and it is from this we have the origins of a mythological goddess nature. Later medieval Christian thinkers did not see nature as inclusive of everything, but thought that she was created by God, her place lay on earth, below the heavens and moon. Nature lay somewhere in the middle, with agents above her (angels) and below her (demons and hell). For the medieval mind she was only a personification, not a goddess. The modern concept of nature, all inclusive of all phenomenon, has returned to its original pre-Socratic roots, no longer a personification or deity except in a rhetorical sense, a bow to her illustrious traditions.

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I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Mediums:
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 4 years ago

    Makes a great card and print!

  • WHOO HOO….THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY DEAR THEA..:)
    I NEVER CHECK TO SEE WHAT THEY WILL LOOK LIKE…
    SO THANK YOU FOR THIS VIEW…:)

    – Tammera

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 4 years ago

    Dear Tammera…..
    I love you work and the writing. I have to add something though, that may put us into contact about other reality. The Greeks were there….and they formed the base of our occidental culture…but the oriental one was strong many thousand years before. And there is a root for the work Mother…that is linked to the sanscrit and the particle “ma” is the real root of words related to matter..we have them the same word matter…and mother and matrix…as a container of life if you think about it. Then the greeks as you tell took the root and really gave to us the meaning for the future. I love it all,nevertheless. we are so “·rooted” in language and history, because we are all..and the past and future is in each of our cell. In each leave or bit of soil or sea sands. Yourwork is a luxury for the senses and it conveys the richness of the “matter”…and mother…of and the nature….may also come from something that is nurturing and growing. This quality for the “greening” of Life…which is absolutely certain for the real Life started with “photo-synthesis process” of the first living molecules that could take the sun light and water and transformed into energy,
    and then to create more ot them…this quality was called by Hildegard von Bingen, “Viriditas”…and she..a visionary saw it really as a Green Ray of Life, pure expressio of God.
    Precious..Tammera….and instructive.
    Rosa (mmmmmmm hos wonderful is Viriditas touching her body…)

  • AWW….THANK YOU DEAR ROSA FOR YOUR KIND ADDITION TO THIS WORK….

    I ALWAYS DESCRIBE MY ART AS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT MINE, BUT THAT FLOWS THROUGH ME AND HAS A LIFEFORCE AND INTELLIGENCE…,

    HOW WONDERFUL TO HEAR YOU DESCRIBE THE BEING OF PAST AND FUTURE IN EACH AND EVERY LIVING CELL IN ALL BEINGS, SO VERY TRUE….

    I WANTED THIS PIECE TO PORTRAY SO MANY MANY FEELINGS AND REALITIES, I AM SO HAPPY THAT IT HAS SPARKED IN YOU THE WONDERFUL DESIRE TO ADD TO IT…

    THANK YOU LOVINGLY DEAR ROSA. I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO AND CHERISH YOUR COMMENTS…:)

    IT IS ALWAYS SUCH A PLEASURE TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SEE IN MY ART…EVEN IF IT IS NOTALWAYS WHAT I HAVE SEEN…

    I ALWAYS LEARN SOMETHING…AND SINCE I REALLY DONT CONSIDER IT TO BE “MINE” BUT FLOWING FROM ME…IT IS ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WAS FLOWING THROUGH ME…:)

    – Tammera

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!
    Thanks for the submission into
    Escher and Perspective Art 5/24 Group
    5 October 2010

  • THANK YOU KINDLY DEAR SUSAN…;)

    – Tammera

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    t AMMERA ALWAYS FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN YOUR WORKS !liZ

  • AWW….
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY DEAR LIZ…;)

    – Tammera

  • Joe Covert
    Joe Covertalmost 4 years ago

    Another great work and well written text. Joe

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH JOE….:)

    – Tammera

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice work…

  • THANK YOU SO KINDLY BAYSAL…:)

    – Tammera

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandalmost 4 years ago

    MYSTICAL AND QUITE FANCIFUL.

  • THANK YOU AGAIN DEAR MIKE….:)

    – Tammera

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago

  • WHOO HOO
    FEATURE!!
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY FOR THIS HONOR OF A FEATURE IN THE GROUP…:)

    – Tammera

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, excellent work, well deserved.

  • THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY DEAR ANDREA..:)

    – Tammera

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work. Congratulations on your feature

  • THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH ANGEL..:)

    – Tammera

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