Thalassa (mythology)

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Detail from the Wiener Dioskurides, before 512

In Greek mythology, Thalassa[pronunciation?] (Θάλασσα, "sea") is a primordial sea goddess, daughter of Aether and Hemera. With sea god Pontus, she was the mother of the nine Telchines and Halia. According to a myth recounted by Hesiod, she gave birth to Aphrodite when Cronus cut the genitalia of Uranus that subsequently fell into the sea.

In 2011, Swoon created a site-specific installation depicting the goddess in the atrium of the New Orleans Museum of Art.[1]

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