Sabazius
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(Sebazios, Sabadios, Sabos), a Thraco- Phrygian god (5th cent. bce), found throughout the Mediterranean region. In Anatolia he was associated with Attis, Men, and Cybele; in the Greek milieu, his orgiastic cult led him to be associated with Dionysus. Little is known of his original nature, but some evidence (in part iconographic) suggests that he had power over nature and the animal world and hence also “cosmic” power, which could benefit humankind and promote mental and physical wellbeing (cf. the magical hand of Sabazius, raised in blessing). His myth portrays Sabaz…

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Bonnet, Corinne, “Sabazius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025133>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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