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Greek Gods and Goddess: Corybantes

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Introduction to Corybantes

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Corybantes and the myths and legends surrounding Corybantes, Corybantes relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Corybantes

They are reported to be the sons of Socus and Combe, and are named as, Acmon [pestle, or anvil], Idaeus [son of MT Ida], Melisseus [honey man], Ocythous, Damnameneus [compeller, or hammer], Mimas [mimicry], Prymneus [son of the dance?] they are not in reality the sons of anyone as such, neither mortal or immortal, the names, come titles refer to ritual dancing these followers known collectively as Corybantes performed, with beating drums (Damnameneus), clashing, shields, swords (Acmon), mimicking animals, birds? (mimas) and so on. Apollodorus makes Thalia and Apollo the parents, this is not understood in the right context, Thalia was one of the nine Muses, there mother Mnemosye, who presided over a pool in hades which was next to the river Lethe, basically those who drank from the Lethe forgot everything, but those who drank from Mnemosyne' pool, were able to recall, thus memorise things, now her daughter Thalia presided over poetry and comedy, thus also acting, to which a keen memory was needed. Indeed, it would seem that at least so of the dances the Corybantes performed were very ritualised, the drums beating rhythmic time, Thalia was often portrayed with a comic mask, a bugle, a trumpet, an ivy crown, even a shepherd's staff and so on, all things connected acting in ancient times. Apollo was renowned for his musical ability, he was the director of the Muses choir and patron of poetry and music; Thalia and Apollo were not so much parents but guardian patrons of the Corybantes. There is much confusion between the Corybantes, and the Curetes (kuretes) of Rhea, the Dactyls of Anchiale, and the Cabeiroi (Kabeiroi) and even the followers of Dionysus, however there is a great difference between highly stylised ritual performances, and drunken deboucherous lerchery. Each must be considered separately.

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