Korybantes, The

The Korybantes

The origin of the Korybantes is unknown. Some say that they are the daughters of Thalia and Apollo, but others say that they are the offspring of the Greek god Zeus. However, they are probably of Phrygian origin and thus included in the Middle Eastern Gallery.

What we do know is that they are the companions of the Cybele, the great mother of the Phrygians and included both male and females. They often perform frenzied dances and take part in orgiastic festivities. For some reason they also have the ability to induce and heal madness.