Magna Mater

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great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor

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In addition to the above-mentioned references, numerological also permeates both Dante's and Lowry's literary works and is rooted in the Hebrew Cabala as well as in the triadic pattern of both the Moon Goddess and the Magna Mater.
The link between Magna Mater and Bacchus, firmly established in myth and literature, permits the presence of Bacchic elements in the representation of the cult of Cybele.
31) The remainder of Attis's frenzied speech effectively manipulates the kinship between the rites of Bacchus and those of Magna Mater so as to associate maenadism, a primarily female activity, with Attis: ubi capita Maenades vi iaciunt hederigerae, / ubi sacra sancta acutis ululatibus agitant ("where the ivy-crowned Maenads toss their heads violently, / where they shake the holy emblems with shrill yells," 63.
70) The marginal position held by the galli among the city's religious authorities is attested not only in the hostility of literary texts but also in their spatial confinement to the precinct of the temple of Magna Mater.
explores the ancient Magna Mater along with feminine manifestations of the divine in Hinduism and Buddhism to arrive at an "unfinished conclusion" about Mary as a female icon of divine presence, all the while that she is a poor working woman of Nazareth and an ideal model of discipleship.
Imperial Rome is also the subject of a chapter by Beard, who arrives at a novel interpretation of the ecstatic cult of Magna Mater, which was imported into the capital from Asia Minor in 204 B.
I propose to approach this question by looking at three mothers in De rerum natura: Venus, as she appears in the proem of Book 1; Cybele, or the Magna Mater whose procession is described in Book 2; and Terra Mater herself, particularly in the depiction of the origin of living things at 5.
Some readers such as Bailey have focussed-naively, I think-on the historical and informative content of the Magna Mater passage.
Yet, in spite of the complex verbal strategies used by Lucretius here and the possibility that the silent Magna Mater and her following may be viewed as an allegory within an allegory, we must not overlook the fact that this procession is a "real" historical event.