Mother as a goddess is something that has been around since time began. In this paper I will discuss two of the first goddess created. First I will discuss NUT who is from the Egyptian mythology. Then I will look at Rhea who is the Greek version. After I will discuss some of the most common shared aspects of there myths.
Nut or “Nuit” as is traditional, was the goddess of Egyptian myth. She was believed to be the goddess of the Sky and the heavens. She supposedly had 5 children with her husband/ brother “Geb”. She gave birth to 5 children: Osiris, Seth, Isis, Nepthys and some versions say ‘Horus the Elder’. One of the more common of the myths about her says that she gave birth to the sun-god every day (Ra). It is shown in hieroglyphics that he is shown coming from between her legs at dawn and into her mouth at evening. She is often associated with resurrection; she was thought to be a mother like protector as they journeyed through the land of the dead and waited to be reborn as she did with her son Osiris. Osiris was killed by his brother Seth and scattered over the earth in 14 pieces which his sister/wife Isis gathered and put together and once back Osiris went into Nut for protection and became the king of the dead( Leeming).
Rhea or “Rheia” is the goddess mother of the Olympians in Greek myth. She was married to her brother Kronos (Cronos) and with him he had 6 children: Hades, Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. She is not mentioned much, I was unable to find what she was the god of, other than mother to the Olympians. But from the hymns that have mentioned her she is a meadiator and while she offers advice as with the giants, she allows her children to bicker and ruler themselves. She shows up in a few myths and hymns though. One such is the “Hymn to Demeter” where starting in line 441, Zeus sends her to visit daughter Demeter to help reason with her about her daughter being stolen:...