On the other hand, the animal-like attributes which appear upon some plaques of the mother-goddess are scarcely meaningless.
“The Old Mother” is really the mother-goddess of the Taischan.
He is beloved of Cybele, the mother-goddess, who laments his untimely end.
Her historical connection with the great Asian earth-goddess, the mother-goddess, is uncertain.
We find very early the brother as the husband and dependent of the mother-goddess.
Like Ishtar in search of her spouse, the mother-goddess seeks her child with weeping and lamentation.
It was the seat of the worship of Atys or Cybele, a goddess that seems to have been kindred to the mother-goddess of the Hittites.
The feast celebrated in the spring was sacred to Jal, and that in the autumn to the mother-goddess.
Hence she is identified with Mut, the mother-goddess of Thebes.
They were thus goddesses of fertility, and probably derived from a cult of a great mother-goddess, the Earth personified.