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χάος – Chaos

χάος

This is the Greek word for Chaos which I absolutely love because I enjoy Greek mythology.

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I decided, a little more than a year ago to tattoo this on the back of my neck. Why? The definition of this is quite intriguing. First let me give you a little information of what it means in Greek Mythology. It does differ a little depending where you get your information but the meaning is still pretty much the same.

This word means  “emptiness, vast void”. To go into more detail: “In Greek cosmology, either the primeval emptiness before things came into being or the abyss of Tartarus, the underworld. In Hesiod‘s Theogony, there was first Chaos, then Gaea and Eros. The offspring of Chaos were Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night). Ovid gave Chaos its modern meaning: the original formless and disordered mass from which the ordered universe is created. The early church fathers applied this interpretation to the creation story in Genesishttp://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Chaos+%28greek+god%29

So, you may ask why I decided upon this tattoo. First, I have always felt “void”, and empty. The beauty of it is that Chaos gave birth to the universe. So for me it felt very fitting… I am Chaos, and the universe, for me, is my children.

Just thought I would share this little tidbit. There is allot of information on the internet and if you like Greek Mythology, dive right in.