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The Phrygian Cybele (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

Great Mother
initiation rites
6th century CE
Roman Empire
Christian-Greek philosophers and scholars

pseudo-Nonnus, Epiphany 2 (Scholia):
In Phrygia there was worship of Rhea, the mother, that is, of the gods - of Zeus and of Poseidon and of Plouton and of Hera. Rhea (was) the mother of these gods and the wife of Kronos. She had, then, certain feasts in Phrygia. And while they were frenzied or possessed - (that is) those who are initiating and being initiated - and were out of their mind(s), they would cut themselves with swords, not perceiving that they were cutting themselves. And they used to play some pipes which allured them and roused them to the cutting. And up to now certain pagans in the mountain (region) of Karia cut themselves without thought, holding on to this old custom.

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pseudo-Nonnus, Epiphany 2 (Scholia)


Brock 1971, 62Brock, Sebastian. The Syriac Version of the Pseudo-Nonnos Mythological Scholia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1971.

Amar Annus

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