"the priests of Cybele do not so rattle their sounding brass"
Cybele originated as an Anatolian mother goddess, associated with mountains, hawks and lions. She was adopted by the Greeks in about 6 BC, and the Romans in about 2 BC. She’s generally portrayed as a foreign, exotic mystery-goddess, who arrives in a lion-drawn chariot accompanied by wild music, wine, and ecstatic followers.
Her consort was Attis, an eunuch shepherd. Her priests were eunuchs, known as Galli
. The Galli castrated themselves during an ecstatic celebration called the "Day of Blood", which took place once a year. For the event, they would wear women's clothes, turbans, jewelry and heavy make-up. They begged for charity, and in return offered to tell fortunes.