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SUMMARY: The Korývandæs (Κορύβαντες) guard Kórî (Κόρη) on all sides.

191. (210) Περὶ τῆς κατὰ Πλάτωνα θεολογίας Πρόκλου VI 13 p. 382, 10:

ἐπεὶ καὶ περιεστάναι λέγονται (sc. οἱ Κούρητες) τὸν τῶν ὅλων δημιουργὸν καὶ περιχορεύειν ἀπὸ τῆς ῾Ρέας ἀναφανέντες. ἐν μὲν οὖν τοῖς νοεροῖς θεοῖς. ἡ Κουρητικὴ τάξις ἡ πρωτίστη τὴν ὑπόστασιν ἔλαχεν. ἀνάλογον δὴ τοῖς ἐκεῖ Κούρησιν ἡ τῶν Κορυβάντων προβαίνουσα τῆι Κόρηι καὶ φρουροῦσα πανταχόθεν αὐτήν ὥς φησιν ἡ θεολογία. διὸ καὶ ἐπωνυμίαν ἔλαχον ταύτην.

“For they (Κούρητες) are said to surround and to dance round the demiurgus of wholes (Ζεύς), when he was unfolded into light from Rhea. In the intellectual Gods, therefore, the first Curetic order is allotted its hypostasis. But the order of the Corybantes which precedes Cora (Κόρη), and guards her on all sides, as the theology says, is analogous to the Curetes in the intellectual order.” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816)

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.

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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.

How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.

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We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology.

Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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