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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK X., CHAPTER III. (search)
; who had three sons, Cabeiri,
(and three daughters,) the Nymphs Cabeirides.According to the Scholiast on Apollonius Rhod., Arg. 5, 917 persons were initiated into the mysteries of the Cabeiri in Samothrace. The
Cabeiri were four in number; Axieros, Axiokersa, Axiokersos, and Casmilos. Axieros corresponded to Demeter or Ceres, Axiokersa to Persephone or Proserpine, Axiokersos to Hades or Pluto, and Casmilos to
Hermes or Mercury. See Ueber die Gottheiten von Samothrace, T. W.
I. Schelling, 1815; and the Classical Journal, vol. xiv. p. 59.
According to Pherecydes, there sprung from Apollo and
Rhetia nine Corybantes, who lived in Samothrace; that from
Cabeira, the daughter of Proteus and Vulcan, there were
three Cabeiri, and three Nymphs, Cabeirides, and that each
had their own sacred rites. But it was at Lemnos and Imbros that the Cabeiri were more especially the objects of
divine worship, and in some of the cities of the Troad; their
names are mystical.
HerodotusHerod. iii. 37