The worship of Cybele was originally centered in Phrygia (central Turkey), where she was known Kubaba or Kybele. The Romans formally adopted her worship in 204 BCE, when they brought a statue representing her from her main shrine in the Phrygian city of Pergamum back to Rome. This statue, from a site in Anatolia dating to the eighth or early seventh century BCE, depicts the Phrygian goddess with two youthful attendents playing a flute and harp.
Goddess figurines. A few millennia ago, women were important, and were widely "worshiped". When did society begin suppressing women? They were at the center of trades, life, music and dance and feasting and science for hundreds of thousands of years. Now, the dominant religions insist they cover their bodies. Males insist that women be subordinate. Men feel threatened by women. What happened?
Unknown artist, Statue of Cybele (Roman Marble 1st-2nd centuries). Cybele, considered one of the most important Roman Goddesses, was the patron of nature and fertility. Attis, the god of vegetation and the consort to Cybele had unmanned himself after realizing that he no longer loved Cybele. She presided over mountains and fortresses; therefore, her crown consists of a city wall.