Goddess Kybele Returns to Homeland
With centuries of history, Turkey is a cradle of civilizations. And like many civilizations, Turkey has precious statues that narrates the history.
And one of the most important statues of Anatolia, the wonderful statue of Kybele, dating from the 3rd century CE was brought back to Turkey.
Kybele is a native Anatolian goddess, according to iconographic patterns, her roots go back, at least to Neolithic period. Several statues of "Anatolian Mother Goddess" were captured at excavations at Catalhoyuk and many other Neolithic sites.
This goddess of fertility and birth, was called Kubaba by the Hittites, Kybele by the Phrygians and sometimes she was worshipped under the name Artemis, sometimes Aphrodite and sometimes Demeter during the Hellenistic and Roman times, however, her iconography never changed. She was so powerful in Anatolia as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesos, was dedicated to her and name “The Ephesian Artemis”. Turks named Anatolia; Anadolu, land of mothers when they arrived here.
Anatolian Mother Goddess, Kybele statue can be seen at İstanbul Archeology Museum.