Corybantes, in antiquity, the priests of Cybele or Rhea in Phrygia. They celebrated the worship of this goddess by arraying themselves in full armor and performing licentious dances in the forests and on the mountains, to the music of flutes, drums, and cymbals. Persons under the influence of the corybantic spirit became demented, according to Maximus Tyrius, whenever they heard the sound of any of their sacred instruments; and the Greek and Latin equivalent of the verb "to corybantize" was hence used by the ancients in reference to any one who was transported by or possessed with a devil. When the worship of Cybele was introduced at Rome, her priests were called Galli, probably from the river Gallus in Phrygia, regarding which it was fabled that all who drank of its waters became mad and emasculated themselves, two attributes held indispensable to the Cybelean priesthood. Mythical Corybantes are also mentioned in the legends of Crete, in connection with the Curetes. Many suppose that Corybantes, Curetes, Cabiri, Idaean Dactyli, and Telchines are identical terms, and refer to the same order of priests.