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Cybele was the Phrygian deification of the Earth Mother.
|was born a hermaphrodite, but castrated by the gods, she became female. Heeding the Sibylline oracle the senate brought her worship to in 204 B.C. as the first officially sanctioned Eastern cult. After approval, they were dismayed to learn that the priesthood required voluntary self-castration, which was abhorrent to the Romans. Romans were barred from entering the priesthood or even entering the priest's sanctuary. The eunuch priests, recruited from outside , were confined to their sanctuary, leaving only to parade in the streets during festivals in April. removed the bans on Roman participation, making worship of and her consort of the state religion."|