Unlike Dionysus in The Bacchae (see above, note 5), Cybele doesn't leave her wretched devotee to anguish over his misdeeds. Instead, she sends madness on him again in the form of a lion, a symbol of his mental confusion. Thus, the last we see of Attis is a crazed and frightened child pursued by the lion of insanity running off into the forest.

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