Mother Nature

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Historical and Mythological Concepts
– Mycenaean Greek: Ma-ka, Mother Gaia, written in Linear B syllabic script (13th or 12th century BC)
– Demeter as goddess of the earth in Greek mythology
– Roman Epicurean poet Lucretius addressing Venus as mother of nature
– Basque mythology featuring Amalur as goddess of the earth
– Persephone abducted by Hades in Greek myth of the seasons
– Demeter’s grief reflected in barren winter months and joy in bountiful summer months
– Terra Mater in Roman mythology
– Nature personified as Mother Earth in Ancient Greece
– Norse goddess Jörð personifying Earth
– Nature as a personification, not a goddess, in medieval Christian thought

Linguistic and Conceptual Evolution
– Nature derived from Latin word ‘natura,’ meaning birth or character
– Mother Nature as a concept between divine and human, traced back to Ancient Greece
– Mother Nature as a widely popular concept in the Middle Ages

Indigenous Cultural Perspectives
– Algonquian legend of Earth-Mother providing Water of Life
– Inca mythology featuring Pachamama as a fertility goddess
– Respect and faith in Mother Nature in Mexican prehispanic culture
– Phra Mae Thorani in Mainland Southeast Asia
– Dewi Sri as the Rice-mother in the Malay Archipelago

Popular Culture Depictions
– Mother Nature character portrayed by Dena Dietrich in a 1970s TV ad
– Mother Nature featured in various movies and TV shows like ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus’
– Progressive rock band Kansas protesting industrialization with ‘Death of Mother Nature Suite’
– Mother Earth portrayed by Bette Midler in ‘The Earth Day Special’
– Mother Nature as a recurring character in various entertainment media

Modern Interpretations and Representations
– Mother Nature portrayed as an ascended Ancient in Stargate SG-1
– Character Queen Tara in the film Epic voiced by Beyoncé Knowles
– Character in the Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce
– Appearance in an ad campaign for Tampax products
– Role in Once Upon a Time as the leader of the dryads
– Co-wrote a graphic novel called Mother Nature
– Mentioned in the song ‘It’s Raining Men’ by The Weather Girls
– Contestant in The Masked Singer season 6
– Eliminated contestant revealed to be actress Vivica A. Fox
– Mother Nature costume used in The Masked Singer

Mother Nature (Wikipedia)

Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth or the Earth Mother) is a personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of a mother or mother goddess.

Joseph Werner: Diana of Ephesus as allegory of Nature, c. 1680
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