COTYS

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Or Cotytto (Kotuttô), a Thracian divinity, whose festival, the Cotyttia (Dict. of Ant. s. v.), resembled that of the Phrygian Cybele, and was celebrated on hills with riotous proceedings. In later times her worship was introduced at Athens and Corinth, and was connected, like that of Dionysus, with licentious frivolity. Her worship appears to have spread even as far as Italy and Sicily. Those who celebrated her festival were called baptai, from the purifications which were originally connected with the solemnity. (Strab. x. p. 470; Hesych. Suid. s. vv. Kotus, Diasôtês; Horat. Epod. xvii. 56; Juven. ii. 92; Virg. Catal. v. 19; A. Meineke, Quaest. Scen. p. 41, &c.)