In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele by Lynn E. Roller

By Lynn E. Roller

This publication examines some of the most fascinating figures within the spiritual lifetime of the traditional Mediterranean global, the Phrygian mom Goddess, identified to the Greeks and Romans as Cybele or Magna Mater, the nice mom. Her cult used to be relatively well known in principal Anatolia (modern Turkey), and unfold from there in the course of the Greek and Roman international. She was once an significantly renowned determine, attracting devotion from universal humans and potentates alike. This e-book is the 1st entire meeting and dialogue of the complete extant facts about the worship of the Phrygian mom Goddess, from her earliest visual appeal within the prehistoric list to the early centuries of the Roman Empire.Lynn E. curler provides and analyzes literary, historiographic, and archaeological facts with equivalent acuity and aptitude. whereas past reports have tended to stress the extra outrageous points of the mummy Goddess's cult, similar to her orgiastic rituals and the eunuch clergymen who attended her, this booklet locations a distinct concentrate on Cybele's place in Anatolia and the ways that the identification of the goddess replaced as her cult used to be transmitted to Greece and Rome. curler supplies a close account of the expansion, unfold, and evolution of her cult, her ceremonies, and her which means for her adherents.This booklet will introduce scholars of Classical antiquity to many elements of the good mom which were formerly unexamined, and may curiosity someone who has ever been piqued by means of interest concerning the mom Goddess of the traditional Western global.

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611 have already noted the difficulties faced by Thomas as a result of his insistence that the cult of the Magna Mater in Rome was barbaric, unfit for proper Romans, notmthstanding the undoubted fact that many of the most prominent Republican aristocratic families took part in the cult These examples suggest that in discussing the identity and so­ cial origins of those attracted to the Mother's cult, previous treatments of the an­ cient evidence have been strongly affected by biased presuppositions, in this case the presupposition that the cult of the Mother Goddess would not have appealed to re­ spectable people.

Ferguson is at pains to insist that the Athenian citizens who took part in it omitted the "more repulsive" features of the Phrygian cult. 611 have already noted the difficulties faced by Thomas as a result of his insistence that the cult of the Magna Mater in Rome was barbaric, unfit for proper Romans, notmthstanding the undoubted fact that many of the most prominent Republican aristocratic families took part in the cult These examples suggest that in discussing the identity and so­ cial origins of those attracted to the Mother's cult, previous treatments of the an­ cient evidence have been strongly affected by biased presuppositions, in this case the presupposition that the cult of the Mother Goddess would not have appealed to re­ spectable people.

While many extravagant claims have been made about the inevitability and ubiquity of a mother goddess in Mediterranean prehistory, as we saw in chapter I, such claims are frequently unfounded; this is particularly true of the casual equa­ tion of any prehistoric female figurine with a mother goddess. There are, however, two Neolithic sites in central Anatolia, (patalhoyuk and Hacilar, which have at­ tracted considerable attention because they have produced material strongly remii. 4. niscent of the Phrygian Mother Goddess cult.

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