The Parabiago Plate
They called the rites the Mysteries and much stays a mystery. They had a Mafia styled priesthood that enforced a policy similar to the old saying, “What happened in Vegas — stays in Vegas.” The Parabiago Plate does give hints to the event. Disponia was a, “She who shall not be named,” type goddess; Desponia means, “The Mistress.” I use the Roman name Dis Pater because it means, “Rich Father,” and Desponia takes his wealth and sends it to Gaia, “Mother Nature.” The dwarfs do the delivering.
Those dwarfs were my primary interest because I was researching the Cabeiri. Some experts have called four of those dwarfs the, “Four Seasons,” and the guys with shields the Corybante or the Cabeiri; I sort of disagree. I see five dwarfs and a smaller dude; plus those offerings do not match the four seasons. The Cabeiri and the Cornucopia appear in the myth about the birth of Zeus, so I think the little dude is Zeus and the guys with the shieds are only part of the Cabeiri. The problem I have is that the Cabieri are often described as dwarfs and connect them to the Dactyls. Those guys with shields do not look like dwarfs, but the Cabeiri have links to blacksmiths and those dwarfs look nature related. The Karpoi may solve the riddle; they are mini versions of Dis Pater (Plutos) and serve Gaia, the wife of Uranus.
I see these rituals as an interactive Caberet and the full cast is called the Cabeiri. The cast is formed by many groups like the Corybante, the Karpoi, and the Kuretes/Dactyls. The confusion came due to the hush, change in cultures, change in generations and the mixing up of groups with sub-groups. The ritual shows how the names change but the cycle remains the same. Chronos castrates Uranus, and Zeus castrates Chronos. Demeter goes from Mistress to Mother as Kore (Persephone) takes her place as Desponia. It is a mate, mother, grandmother cycle. Poor Attis is the hapless dude who had his root cut off.
Theme: You have to sacrifice some of your best produce as seed or take a cutting to continue the nature’s life cycle.