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July 25th, 2011
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Because all knowledge is contained within LiveJournal, with possibly a bit in Dreamwidth too...

Many, many cultures and belief systems associate the Earth with a female spirituality, usually a mother goddess or similar. Can anyone think of any that associate the Earth with a male principle?

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Date:July 24th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm, none that I'm aware of... I guess the earth=fertility=female analogy is too obvious to ignore.
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Date:July 24th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
In all the polytheistic cultures I know of, a male god was associated with the sky while a female goddess was associated with the earth. I think this has to do with the observation that females give birth, and that rain falls from the sky to engender new life on the Earth.

Pluto was a sort of Earth god, though not of the surface. He was the god of the underworld, the interior, the dark places from whence came wealth. But I don't know of any society that has ever associated the Earth's surface with a masculine deity.
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Date:July 25th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
I am automatically distrustful of statements along the lines of the way things are in my culture are obviously the way things have to be naturally.

It was actually just such a discussion of the Earth being obviously feminine that sent me looking for counterexamples, and we have a winner in Geb the earth and his counterpart Nut the sky from the Egyptian pantheon, brought to my attention by branchandroot over on Dreamwidth.
Given the breadth of human creativity and spiritual expression I would have been very surprised to not find any.
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Date:July 27th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not aware of any of the Earth as a WHOLE, but you get things like Fatherland for country/territory/terrain.
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