In the end, Attis is caught in a cycle of madness and sanity, doomed forever to flee only to be recaptured eventually by his own dementia, the reward for his piety, both blessing and torment. Attis' freedom to run through the woods is also his prison. He is trapped forever in the East far away from his home in Greece to which he can never return, an exile forever from his country, his family, even his own body.

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