Magic of the Ages
Other Dacian branches
Great Mother Goddess of the Earth, of birth, life, death and rebirth.
In her aspect of Goddess of birth and life, she is represented usually with animal characteristics, as a sow, a she-bear, a she-hedgehog.In the most ancient representations of the Goddess, dating from paleo-and neolithic, the Goddess is never represented with a face. She either has no face at all, or she wears a mask with animal charactertistics.
She is also considered the Bird Goddess: in the life-bringing aspect, the stork appears. In her death aspect she is represented by a predatory bird (milvus milvus) also named "gaia", from the falconiides family, a species of hawk.