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n. Mythology
A goddess of nature and fertility in Asia Minor and later in Greece, whose worship was marked by ecstatic and frenzied states.
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(Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth the Phrygian goddess of nature, mother of all living things and consort of Attis; identified with the Greek Rhea or Demeter
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(ˈsɪb əˌli)

a mother goddess of ancient Anatolia.
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Jupiter chose the oak, Venus the myrtle, Apollo the laurel, Cybele the pine, and Hercules the poplar.
The priests of Cybele do not so rattle their sounding brass.
The handles of the litter were supported by four men, who were from time to time relieved by fresh relays, -- even as the bearers of Mother Cybele used to take turn and turn about at Rome in the ancient days, when she was brought from Etruria to the Eternal City, amid the blare of trumpets and the worship of a whole nation.
Towards the second evening she reached the irregular chalk table-land or plateau, bosomed with semi-globular tumuli--as if Cybele the Many-breasted were supinely extended there--which stretched between the valley of her birth and the valley of her love.
Caption: 3a and b Gilded silver bowl with emblema of a female deity (possibly Cybele wearing a mural crown representing the city walls), Seleucid Bactria, 3rd to mid-2nd century BC.
Ancient Romans too celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, some 250 years before Christ was born.
Parades would also be held, headed by the statue of goddess Cybele. Since Hilaria celebrations that started in March rolled over to the beginning of April, it is often considered to have been the predecessor of the present April Fool's Day. 
The ancient Greeks dedicated an annual spring festival to maternal goddesses, and ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria which was for a mother goddess called Cybele.
One states that its earliest observance dates to the annual spring festival held by the Greeks to honor Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings made by ancient Romans to Cybele, their Great Mother of Gods.
(A little farther away, in the photograph Cybele, 2000, the artist herself appeared naked and pregnant, cast in the role of the Anatolian fertility goddess.)
These include Cybele Young's The Queen's Shadow: A Story About How Animals See, a book that delivers non-fiction material in a fantasy context.