Cybele in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
[RHEA.] - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and
mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Cybele in Wikipedia
Cybele (Phrygian: Matar Kubileya/Kubeleya "Kubeleyan Mother",
perhaps "Mountain Mother"; Greek: Κυβέλη Kybele, Κυβήβη
Kybebe, Κύβελις Kybelis; pronounced /ˈkɪbəliː/), was the
Phrygian deification of the Earth Mother. As with Greek Gaia
(the "Earth"), or her Minoan equivalent Rhea, Cybele embodies
the fertile Earth, a goddess of caverns and mountains, walls
and fortresses, nature, wild animals (especially lions and
bees). Phrygian Cybele is often identified with the Hittite-
Hurrian goddess Hebat, though this latter deity might have
been the origin of only Anatolian Kubaba. The Greeks
frequently conflated the two names, the Anatolian "Kubaba" and
the Phrygian "Kybele", to refer to the Phrygian deity...