Cybele~ Kybele~ Universal Mother of the Gods
An ancient Oriental and Greco-Roman deity, known by a variety of local names, Cybele or Cybebe predominates in Greek and Roman literature from about the 5th century BC onward. Her full official Roman name was Mater Deum Magna Idaea (Great Idaean Mother of the Gods). She stands 9 inches in height, 4 1/4 inches across, 3 1/2 inches deep. She will sit flush to a wall or the back of an altar; her details are beautiful.
There is much to know about her but here is one introduction:
"Her priestesses were drummers: they spoke to her and she answered in the ancient language of trance-inducing beats. The Sybils at Cumae were her oracles. This Drumming Goddess was worshiped for thousands of years in Babylon, Egypt and Greece. Regally seated upon her lion-throne conveys her queenship as Magna Mater of Rome. During the transition to Christianity, Cybele's massive temple was replaced by St. Peter's Basilica. Celebrate the legacy of this Goddess of the Sacred Drum!"
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