Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:19 PM
Subject: The Tale of Cybele and Attis
Cybele was a goddess who caught Zeus’ eye (bugger can’t go a day, ask Hera). She said no so he did an end run around her wishes. (Yeah I know, he’s like that, dangerous predator thing). Became a tree, she ate from the tree and there was a child.
Cybele gave birth to an unholy child, from the unholy union. a demon named Agdistis. The other gods wanted to control this demon so they cut off his penis. The blood became an almond tree.
And along came the river’s daughter Nana, who ate an almond and oops she got pregnant.
Along came her son Attis. She was having none of that so she "exposed" the baby (left him out to die). Shepherds came by and took the baby and raised him.
Grandchild of a god and goddess, child of a demon and a goddess. Yeah this kid had a good start.
So years go by and Attis lives his life till one day Cybele sees him and falls in lust with him. He’s having none of that. He has his eye on a girl. Cybele got so jealous, she drove Attis mad and chased him. He became so desperate, he castrated himself then committed suicide.
Cybele went running to Zeus who helped her raise Attis from the dead. Obsessive grandma much?
(the Galli or Gallae)
Every year, the priests of Cybele’s temple held rites where they were emasculated in order to raise Attis’ spirit for Cybele. Attis was mourned for three days then Cybele raised him again. Poor Attis huh?
And that dear folks leads us to the marriage of Cybele. The all powerful earth mother and the castrated supplicant.