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  Chapter 34. The Myth and Ritual of Attis. Frazer, Sir James George. 1922. The Golden Bough
Attis was said to have been a fair young shepherd or herdsman beloved by Cybele, the Mother of the Gods, a great Asiatic goddess of fertility, who had her chief home in Phrygia.
to have sprung from the blood of Attis, as roses and anemones from the blood of Adonis; and the effigy of a young man, doubtless Attis himself, was tied to the middle of the stem.
Some confirmation of this conjecture is furnished by the savage story that the mother of Attis conceived by putting in her bosom a pomegranate sprung from the severed genitals of a man-monster named Agdestis, a sort of double of Attis.
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 Attis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Attis, a life-death-rebirth deity, was both the son and the lover of Cybele, her eunuch attendant and driver of her lion-driven chariot; he was driven mad by her and castrated himself.
Attis was originally a local semi-deity of Phrygia, associated with the great Phrygian trading city of Pessinos, which lay under the lee of Mount Agdistis.
Attis is said to have introduced to Lydia the cult of the Mother Goddess Cybele, incurring the jealousy of Zeus, who sent a boar to destroy the Lydian crops.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Attis   (541 words)

 pagan Christs Attis
Birth Attis was born of the Virgin Nana on December 25th.
The bull was stabbed with a consecrated spear.
On March 22 a pine tree was brought to the sanctuary of Cybele, on it hung the effigy of Attis.
www.medmalexperts.com /POCM/pagan_christs_attis.html   (430 words)

 attis and cybele   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Attis was a son of the Goddess' earthly incarnation, the virgin Nana, who miraculously conceived him by eating an almond or a pomegranate, yonic symbols both.
Attis' passion was celebrated on the 25th of March, exactly nine months before the solstitial festival of his birth, the 25th of December.
In Rome the festival of Cybele and Attis was at the vernal equinox in the spring.
www.geocities.com /essenecx/no_4_attis_cybele.htm   (5170 words)

 Attis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In Phrygia, the Attis spring festival was in honored of the self-mutilated and resurrected god, the son of the mother Kybele.
Kybele, or Cybele, equates with Inanna and Attis with Tammuz.
Kybele was attended by lions, and the castration, death, and rebirth of her consort, usually shown as an effeminate youth, was recalled in an annual ceremony of blood-letting.
www.themystica.com /mythical-folk/articles/attis.html   (435 words)

 GREAT MOTHER OF THE GODS - LoveToKnow Article on GREAT MOTHER OF THE GODS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The philosophers of the late Roman Empire interpreted the Attis legend as symbolizing the relations of Mother Earth to her children the fruits.
The frenzied dance and self-laceration of the priests in commemoratiOn of Attis deed, and the submission to the act of consecration by candidates for the priesthood, was a special feature of the day.
The silver statue of the goddess, with the sacred meteoric stone, the Acus, set in its head, was borne in gorgeous procession and bathed in the Almo, the remainder of the day being given up to rejoicing and entertainment, especially dramatic representation of the legend of the deities of the day.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /G/GR/GREAT_MOTHER_OF_THE_GODS.htm   (3330 words)

 panoussi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Through this interpretation the use of the ritual element becomes essential to the construction of Attis' gender, since s/he is cast as a virgin in the manner of the virginal brides of Catullus 61 and 62 and of Ariadne in 64.
Attis' adoption of maenadism represents the first stage of his feminization marked by the young man's act of self-castration while in a Bacchic frenzy.
Attis' lament when he realizes that he is separated from his homeland and his social environment (59) corresponds to images of bridal anxiety at the prospect of separation from the maternal household found in the Catullan epithalamia (61.82; 62.59-66; 64.118-9).
www.apaclassics.org /AnnualMeeting/98mtg/abstracts/panoussi.html   (684 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.08.05
Attis, the beautiful boy who dies young, has been a particular source of interest for Classicists and non-Classicists alike, in part because of the inherent contradictions of his mythical tradition and in part because of the potentially titillating elements of his unusual sexual identity.
She denies that there was any Greek cult of Attis before the third century (she feels that the well attested rites of the Attidea in the Piraeus were limited to foreigners) and proposes that the Roman cult is an adaptation of the priesthood of Pessinous.
Her reconstruction of the Attis cult in Rome relies heavily on the sequence of ritual described in the calendar of 354 CE, although it is not clear how accurately the fourth-century text reflects cult activities of several centuries earlier.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2003/2003-08-05.html   (2135 words)

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Attis was conceived when his mother picked the blossoms of the almond tree, which had sprung from the severed male organs of Agdistis/Cybele, whom the gods had castrated.
Catullus' Attis is not the Attis of myth and cult ritual.
Attis' final question reveals once again the now strong contrast between the civilised city he has left and the wild wastes to which he has come: he must live among the beasts, live even as the servant of their mistress.
www.und.ac.za /und/classics/bxdw4.html   (4568 words)

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Attis became betrothed to a king's daughter and this made Agdistis insanely jealous to have the boy taken from him.
In a fit of rage, Attis threw himself upon the ground in front of the pine tree and killed himself.
Cybele was referred to as the “Mountain Mother,” who represented the earth while her son Attis represents the end of the growing season.
bama.ua.edu /~caire001/ATTIS.htm   (663 words)

The figure of Attis was then erected from the grave and the priest promised eternal life to all participants of the rite and believers.
This was, as in the case of Attis, the mystery of the death and resurrection of the god (the theme of the secondary importance for the myth).
It is possible that the seduction of Attis by the nymph symbolizes his wish of not being born: he does not want to leave the primordial waters and experience the sufferings of birth/resurrection.
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 *Ø*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Similarities (Part 2): Jesus Attis Zoroaster Buddha Krishna Mithras ...
Attis was depicted as a man nailed or tied to a tree – at the foot of which was occasionally depicted a lamb.
Entry of the Tree, which was very similar to the Christian Palm Sunday, a pine tree was brought to the sanctuary of Cybele; upon it hung the effigy of Attis.
Attis was considered the saviour who was slain for the salvation of mankind.
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 A Who's Who of World Mythology : Attis
Attis is the Phrygian vegetation god also sometimes referred to as Papas, or the “father.” In some stories, he was the beloved of Cybele (Kybele).
A ritual marriage between Cybele and Attis was included in the celebrations, with her high priest acting the part of Attis.
The Romans generally depicted Attis as a shepherd, usually carrying a shepherd’s crook and sometimes carrying a sheep on his shoulders.
www.angelfire.com /de/poetry/Whoswho/Attis.html   (463 words)

 Attis, Greek Mythology Link.
But whatever happened to that request, Attis was buried in the vicinity of Pessinus, where a temple was built to the Mother of the Gods, whom they called Agdistis although she is often identified with Rhea 1,
Attis became known, they say, when he, after migrating to Lydia instructed his hosts in the orgies of the Mother.
But the Lydians, for loving Attis and the Mother so much, had their tillage destroyed by a boar sent by Zeus; and this animal, they tell, killed Attis in addition to some Lydians.
homepage.mac.com /cparada/GML/Attis.html   (868 words)

 Cybele and Attis
However, Attis was promised by his relatives in marriage to the daughter of the King of Pessinos.
Attis died from his wounds, however, Agdistis persuaded Zeus to grant that the body of Attis should neither rot nor decay.
The Greeks claimed that Attis was a Phrygian God whose worship was introduced to Greece; however, there is no evidence to suggest that a divinity ‘Attis’ was an aspect of Phrygian religion at all.
www.templeofdemeter.com /cybeleattis.html   (673 words)

 Phrygian & Greek Mythology: ATTIS Eunuch Daimon Attendant of Cybele
ATTIS was a eunuch attendant of the goddess Rhea-Kybele, the driver of her lion-drawn chariot.
Attis is related to Iasion, the consort of the Great Mother in the Samothrakian Mysteries.
The account of Hermesianax goes on to say that, on growing up, Attis migrated to Lydia and celebrated for the Lydians the orgies of the Mother; that he rose to such honor with her that Zeus, being wroth at it, sent a boar to destroy the tillage of the Lydians.
www.theoi.com /Phrygios/Attis.html   (1429 words)

 The Golden Bough, by Sir James George Frazer. XXXIV. The Myth and Ritual of Attis
Attis wassaid to have been a fair young shepherd or herdsman beloved byCybele, the Mother of the Gods, a great Asiatic goddess offertility, who had her chief home in Phrygia.
The great spring festival ofCybele and Attis is best known to us in the form in which it wascelebrated at Rome; but as we are informed that the Romanceremonies were also Phrygian, we may assume that they differedhardly, if at all, from their Asiatic original.
The trunk was swathedlike a corpse with woollen bands and decked with wreaths ofviolets, for violets were said to have sprung from the blood ofAttis, as roses and anemones from the blood of Adonis; and theeffigy of a young man, doubtless Attis himself, was tied to themiddle of the stem.
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 Chapter 36. Human Representatives of Attis. Frazer, Sir James George. 1922. The Golden Bough
It is therefore a reasonable conjecture that he played the part of his namesake, the legendary Attis, at the annual festival.
It is not inconsistent with this supposition that Attis was also represented at these ceremonies by an effigy; for instances can be shown in which the divine being is first represented by a living person and
A friend of Cybele, he roamed the country with the disconsolate goddess to soothe her grief for the death of Attis.
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Attis was a vegetation deity of the type commonly worshipped in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East before the arrival of the Indo-Europeans into those areas.
The trunk was swathed like a corpse with woolen bands and decked with wreaths of violets, for violets were said to have sprung from the blood of Attis, as roses and anemones from the blood of Adonis; and the effigy of a young man, doubtless Attis himself, was tied to the middle of the stem.
Some confirmation of this conjecture is furnished by savage story that the mother of Attis conceived by putting in her bosom a pomegranate sprung from the severed genitals of a man-monster, Agdistis, a sort of doublet of Attis.
department.monm.edu /classics/Courses/ISSI402/CourseHandouts/Attis.htm   (3429 words)

 Mythology : Attis, beloved of Cybele   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Attis is the son of Cybele who became her daughter.
Attis grows into a remarkably beautiful young man, and Cybele, observing that the young lad is more beautiful than any of the gods, loves Attis above all others and showers him with gifts and favors.
Attis is another vegetation god, responding to Cybele who is an earth goddess and in some respects the myth represents the cycle of the seasons, similar to Demeter and Persephone.
hunter.apana.org.au /~gallae/pantheon/myth/attis.htm   (700 words)

 The Mythos of Attis
Herein is our version of the legend of Cybele and Attis, an account combining various versions of the myth from the past, historical references to Attis as woman, and in the spirit of mythology as a living, ever changing reflection of the world around us.
Attis grows into a remarkably beautiful young man, and he is gentle with his adopted father's flock.
Providing Attis with her most glorious raiment she proclaims the renascent one her daughter and her lover, conferring upon Attis gifts of mystery equal to her own.
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 attis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A myth explained the priests' action as an imitation of the actions of Attis, Cybele's male consort, who was said to have castrated himself to assure his fidelity to his mistress.
The Attis in Catullus' poem 63 is not the goddess' consort, but a young Greek man who comes to Phrygia to worship her, becomes a Gallus, repents of his action in a moment of lucidity, and then is driven again by the goddess back into her frenzied service.
Rather, the poet, after showing the destructive effect Cybele has had upon Attis, addresses the goddess in his own voice, praying that she will direct her destructive powers elsewhere and not towards him.
www.faculty.fairfield.edu /rosivach/la102a/attis.htm   (225 words)

 Attis and Cybele. Not an influence on Christianity
Attis of Phrygia offers very little grist for the pagan copycat theorists; indeed, even Acharya S offers less than a dozen points of correspondence, and Freke and Gandy barely find Attis worth a mention.
Attis scholarship, we should note, is rather a small club -- a key name is familiar: M. Vermaseren, he who also followed Cumont in the study of Mithra, was a major player; beyond that I have found only five books on Attis available (see source list), and many of them are primarily concerned with Cybele.
Finally, from the rites of Attis, Freke and Gandy relate the practice of the taurobolium, or bull-sacrifice, in which the initiate was "born again" when he was bathed in the blood of the bull (or sheep, if they could not afford a bull).
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 POCM > Pagan Christs > attis -- refuted   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Attis is obviously a divine grandson of Zeus, but the title "Divine Son" is nowhere applied to him.
Vermaseren, the dean of Attis studies, suggests that milk was the drink of choice, because wine and bread were forbidden during the Attis festivals -- if wine and bread was the snack of choice, it would have had to have been an exception to this rule.
It is true that a March 22 a pine tree was brought to the sanctuary of Cybele, on it hung the effigy of Attis.
www.tektonics.org /pocemon/pagan_christs_attis.html   (1064 words)

 ATTIS - Ancient Mythology
A young Phrygian shepherd, with whom the goddess Rhea fell in love, suddenly appearing in the midst of the wedding ceremony, in which Attis was to be married to the daughter of the king of Pessinus.
So affrighted was the shepherd that he ran off, escaped to the mountains, maiming himself, and died beside a pine tree, into which his soul transmigrated, while from his blood sprang violets like a wreath around the tree.
Rhea implored Zeus to restore her lover, but the Father of the Gods reached a compromise with her: he granted that the body of Attis should never decay, that his hair should always grow, and that his little finger should always move.
www.mysticgames.com /mythology/ATTIS.htm   (116 words)

Attis, however, was engaged to marry a king's daughter.
Attis emasculated himself in an act of contrition, and bled to death beneath a pine tree.
Attis was a young and handsome shepherd from Celaenae with whom Cybele fel in love.
www.bcholmes.org /wicca/myths/cybele.html   (758 words)

 ATTIS - Online Information article about ATTIS
Attis was also known as Papas, and the Bithynians and Phrygians, according to See also:
Minor, adopted by the invading Phrygians, and blended by them with a deity of their own.
Having become enamoured of Attis, Agdistis struck him with frenzy as he was about to wed the See also:
encyclopedia.jrank.org /ARN_AUD/ATTIS.html   (832 words)

 Jung Talk - Attis / Cybele myth.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Cybele is the Great Mother of the gods and of men, and Attis is both her son and her lover.
That would seem to be where Attis met with his danger since he couldn’t separate from the unconscious.
As it is, Attis must have been too fascinated with the depths of the unconscious.
www.cgjungpage.org /talk/printthread.php?t=500&pp=40   (1968 words)

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