Chaos/ Khaos - Greek God- Ancient Greek Mythology

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Origin of Chaos, First Greek God

According to popular Greek mythologies, Chaos is the first primeval god who leads to the creation of other gods who later on gave birth to other gods (and the process goes on and on). It is believed to have originated in 700 B.C. and around the 9th century, it came to an end.

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Some mythologies claim that Chaos was present along with Eros and Nyx while others contradict by saying that at the beginning only chaos was present and he gave birth to other gods. 

Different versions of mythology state different possibilities but Chaos is possibly the father or Grandfather of other Gods like Erebos (Darkness), Nyx (Night), Aether (Light), and Hemera (Day). 

Also read: Khonsu- Egyptian God- Ancient Egyptian Mythology


Chaos Greek God- “kay-oss” (No it is not “chay-oss”) 

Phonetics- /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/. 

Ancient Greek- χάος, 

Romanized- kháos


Chaos literally means ‘Gap’ or ‘void’. The space between heaven and earth is believed to be filled with chaos. He is a gloomy and invisible mist. Some of the parts of this Greek god solidified to form earth which later on developed into a living personality. 

Unlike most of the primeval Gods, Chaos did not have any parents, he is self-created. He is believed to be omnipotent and a knower of all things. He is also the God of fate and this quality is later passed on to his offspring and his granddaughter Nyx and the Moirai (Fates) respectively.

Chaos is interpreted as water by the Pherecydes of Syros, a popular Greek thinker. 

Also read about Nyx Greek goddess of Night-Greek Mythology

Fun Fact:  Chaos is literally translated as "the gaping void" in ancient Greek.

Chaos greek mythology powers

  • Creator of the primordial being
  • God of Fate
  • Immortal
  • Omnipotent
  • Supreme Power

Chaos greek mythology family tree

Reference in Ancient Text

Many other writers have written about the origin of chaos and the expansion of the universe. Athens writer, Aristophanes wrote in his comic book, Birds: 

Chaos in Christianity 

Chaos resembles a lot of the Christians' omnipotent Gods. In Christianity, God does not have a form or creator. He is omnipotent and creator of other Gods and living and non-living things and Chaos to a very extent matches this criterion.