). In Cretan mythology the Curetes were demigods
armed with weapons of brass, to whom the new-born child Zeus was committed by his mother Rhea
for protection against his father Cronus. They drowned the cries of the child by striking
their spears against their shields. They gave their name to the priests of the Cretan goddess
Rhea and of the Idaean Zeus, who performed noisy war-dances at the festivals of those deities.