Phanes means light and, in Greek Mythology, is a deity born from the cosmic egg (in this case, big bang as we know it today) that divided Aeon and Ananque, is the eldest deity of Creation, but could also be considered the son of Hydros and Gaia or of Porus and Penia. He could also be called Ericapeus, Priapus, Antauge, Phaeton and Protogon. He was considered the same as Eros.
Phanes was the ruler of the gods, God of Life and gave the scepter of his reign to Nyx, his only daughter (according to Orphic tradition), who in turn gave it to his son Uranus. The scepter was taken by force by Uranus' son Kronos, who lost it to Zeus, the ultimate ruler of the universe. It is said that Zeus devoured Fanes to seize his primordial power over all creation and share it among a new divine generation: the Olympians.