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Kybele The last incarnation of the Great Liberating Mother which held great temporal power in the Roman world, before the final fall of paganism and the onslaught of monotheism. This Cult of the Great Liberating Mother was banned in its original form by Rome as a threat to their patriarchal power structure, but She infiltrated their culture under the guise of various other goddesses, such as Bona Dea and Helena. From the earliest times, She was associated with mountains, hawks and lions. She is often pictured with torches, enthroned with lions, holding a cornucopia, or standing at the door of Her Temple (the Liminal Point). It was from Kybele’s temple in Anatolia that the Great Black Stone was brought to Rome when they officially accepted Her worship around 210 BCE and built a great Temple there to house this relic. Her Temple on Vatican Hill is now the site of the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, of the Roman Catholic Church. This was not by accident. Her name is also written as Cybele. Pronounced Kai-bee-lee, not sai-bee-lee or sih-bel or chih-bel-ee. See also M.D.M.I.

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