- This article is about the mythological concept. See Chaos theory for the mathematics and physics term.
In Greek mythology
is the primeval state of existence from which the first gods appeared. The word "chaos" means "gaping void" in Greek. As a god, Chaos was the nothingness out of which the first objects of existence appeared. These first beings, described as children of Chaos alone, were Gaia
, sometimes also including Nyx
described Chaos in Metamorphoses
as "rather a crude and indigested mass, a lifeless lump, unfashioned and unframed, of jarring seeds and justly Chaos named." According to some sources Chaos was the offspring of Chronos
Ovid. Metamorphoses; Hesiod. Theogony. (123-132)
In Chinese mythology
is the name of a god which has no eyes and no ears. Once he invited two friends to his place, the two friends offer to craft two eyes and two ears on his face so that he can sense. But he soon died when he finally got his eyes and ears.
is the name of a fictional character
, a puppet
cat in the Canada
children's television show Sesame Park