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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 63, Kybele (Cybele) Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 63, Kybele (Cybele) Summary and Analysis

Kybele is closely associated with several other Goddesses. Her garb is similar to that of Hepat. Her stories and rituals are similar to those of Ishtar and Inanna in Mesopotamia. Kybele is the Mother of Deities the Magna Mater. Eunuchs flock to her, eager to shed their manhood and serve her. Priestesses take lovers to honor Kybele's dead son and lover, Attis. It is not known exactly how Attis dies. There are many accounts, yet most agree that his body is found, emasculated at the base of an evergreen tree. Kybele takes Attis's body along with the tree to the cave in which she lives. She plants the tree at the entrance to the cave and buries his body beneath it. She performs the rituals of mourning each spring at the site of his burial.

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