Who was Hemera?
Hemera was one of the primeval, or primordial, gods and was the daughter of Erebus and Nyx. Erebus was the god of Darkness and Shadows and Nyx was the dark goddess of Night. Hemera and her brother Aether brought light and day to the world.
Hemera and the Dynasties of Greek Gods
According to mythology, Hemera and the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses consisted of three major dynasties from different generations:
- The First generation of Ancient Greek Gods were the Primordial deities, to which Hemera belonged
- The Primordial, or Primeval, gods were those that existed at or from the beginning of time and resided within the region of the universe known as the Elemental Chaos
- The Second generation were the Titans
- The Third generation of were the famous Olympian gods
Hemera Family Tree and Genealogy
The primordial goddess Hemera was worshipped as the goddess of the day and was the consort of her brother Aether. Aether and Hemera eventually supplanted their parents to become the most powerful of the primordial gods. Each dynasty of ancient Greek Gods overthrew the previous generation. The children of Aether and Hemera were:
- Tartarus - Tartarus was associated with the abyss used as a dungeon of torment that resides beneath the underworld
- Eros - Eros was the god of procreation, a primordial deity responsible for the union between Gaia and Uranus whose children were the Titans
- Pontus was the primordial deity who was associated with the sea. The sea-gods were born from his union with Gaia.
- Gaia - Gaia was the great earth mother. The Titans were born from her union with Uranus. The sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea).