Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A Phrygian man, the consort of Cybele, whom the goddess out of sexual jealousy drove mad, whereupon he castrated himself and died.

Etymologies

Greek Attis, of Phrygian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • As if that wasn't enough already, some hick agricultural god called Attis blundered his way from Asia Minor into our seasonal holidays.

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  • These broken instruments of fertility were afterwards reverently wrapt up and buried in the earth or in subterranean chambers sacred to Cybele, where, like the offering of blood, they may have been deemed instrumental in recalling Attis to life and hastening the general resurrection of nature, which was then bursting into leaf and blossom in the vernal sunshine.

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  • Cybele, where, like the offering of blood, they may have been deemed instrumental in recalling Attis to life and hastening the general resurrection of nature, which was then bursting into leaf and blossom in the vernal sunshine.

    The Golden Bough

  • There was a "god" called Attis who was born on December 25th of a virgin birth, entombed and resurrected!

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  • Roman 'Attis' was a son of the virgin Nana, born on Dec 25 and died onMar 25 (Spring Equinox) after being crucified on a tree.

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  • 158 (Meineke), Ὠκεανὸς, τῷ πᾶσα περίρρυτος ἐνδέδεται χθών; c. 63, the 'Attis' in Galliambic metre;

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  • As I now understand it Doherty claims that Paul's Jesus was not to be understood as a real person at all but a kind of allegory living in the mythic never never land along with Dionysus and Attis.

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection

  • I suppose the Jesus mythicists like to compare Jesus Christ to the Greek and Egyptian mystery figures like Dionysos, Attis and Cybele, Osiris and Isis.

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection

  • The birth of Attis, another agricultural god from Asia Minor, was also celebrated on Dec. 25.

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  • Attis dies but is brought back to life by his lover, a goddess whose temple later became the site of an important basilica honoring the Virgin Mary.

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