MAGNA MATER THE GREAT MOTHER WITH A THOVSAND YOVNG
Originally a goddess worshipped by the Hittites and Phrygians, Magna Mater, or (in Greek) Cybele, was a deification of the Earth Mother and was worshipped in Anatolia since Neolithic times. As with Gaia (the "Earth") or her Minoan equivalent Rhea, Cybele embodies the fertile Earth, a goddess of caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses, nature, wild animals (especially lions and bees).
Her Ancient Greek title, Potnia Theron, also associated with the Minoan Great Mother, alludes to her Neolithic roots as the "Mistress of the Animals". She becomes a life-death-rebirth deity in connection with her resurrection of her son and consort, Attis. She is associated with her lion throne and her chariot drawn by lions.
Ancient Greeks considered "Cybele" to be Greek, the traditional derivation of her name, as "she of the hair" can be ignored, now that the inscription of one of her Phrygian rock-cut monuments has been read 'matar kubileya.' The inscription matar occurs frequently in her Phrygian sites. Kubileya is usually read as a Phrygian adjective "of the mountain", so that the inscription may be read Mother of the Mountain, and this is supported by Classical. Another theory is that her name can be traced to the Kubaba, the deified queen of the Third Dynasty of Kush worshiped at Carchemish and Hellenized to Kybebe. With or without the etymological connection, Kubaba and Matar certainly merged in at least some aspects, as the genital mutilation later connected with Cybele's cult is associated with Kybebe in earlier texts, but in general she seems to have been more a collection of similar tutelary goddesses associated with specific Anatolian mountains or other localities, and called simply "mother" (Motz).
The goddess was known among the Greeks as Meter or Meter oreie ("Mountain-Mother"), or, with a particular Anatolian sacred mountain in mind, Idaea, inasmuch as she was supposed to have been born on Mount Ida in Anatolia, or equally Dindymene or Sipylene, with her sacred mountains Mount Dindymon (in Mysia and variously located) or Mount Sipylus in mind.
Currently, Cybele's most ecstatic followers are males who ritually castrate themselves, after which they are given women's clothing and assume "female" identities. Later, they are referred to by one third-century commentator, Callimachus, in the feminine as Gallai, but to whom other contemporary commentators in ancient Greece and Rome referred to as Gallos or Galli.
Cybele has a temple in Liberportus in The Greek District and is worshipped by the poor and lower middle class. As her worship is common among the plebs, Finn-ah-Kef Afer often favors the temple with gifts and monetary support.
The temple's sanctity was infringed upon by the PCs in the events of Morituri Te Salumatus.
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