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Kybele or Cybele is the Phrygian mountain mother, called by the Greeks the Mother of the Gods. She is Great Mother Nature, Goddess of the forests, mountains, and the wild and abundant places. She was said to have a chariot drawn by lionesses; and She was often shown enthroned, a lioness to each side.

Her rites were celebrated with wild dancing, loud drumming and even orgies; the Romans, famously dour, were more than a little wary of Her, but even they gave in and worshiped Her, eventually.

There is a curious continuity to Asia Minor, from where Kybele originates; Her usual Classical depiction, as I said above, seated on a throne and flanked by lionesses, is also the pose used of a very ancient Goddess from the same area found at Catal Hoyuk in Turkey, and dating to Neolithic times, something like 6000-5500 BCE. Now I don't know if they are related in any sort of unbroken lineage way, but the similarity of pose and the guess that the Catal Hoyuk Goddess is one representing abundance (given Her large size) and Nature is intriguing. So here I've put Kybele, with Her usual attributes of lioness, mural crown and pine cone (for Her lost love Attis) in that very ancient pose. There's always a layer underneath.
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bironicheroine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Professional Artist
Cybele! Did you hear they found an statue of her in Turkey recently?
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds familiar.  They found a stone? Goddess statue recently, but I thought it was a lot older?  Like at Catal Huyuk?  Which might be the forerunner of Kybele anyway.  Anatolia has a long continuity to it.
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bironicheroine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Professional Artist
This article says it's Cybele, but I think you're right on the timing, it's quite possibly too old to be her.
www.express.co.uk/news/world/7…
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no, that one's definitely Kybele.  I was thinking of another statue which is much older.
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