Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mithras in Religion and Myth



A winged Mithras wrapped in a Serpent encircled with the Zodiac


"Christianised rituals were among the cultural features of the Mediterranean world that were adapted by the Early Christians, as part of the thorough-going Christianization of pagan culture, which included the landscape (see Christianised sites) and the calendar (see Christianised calendar). The obvious connection to Jewish rituals of Christian practices such as the Eucharist and Baptism, is often argued to be by design." Christianised rituals Wikipedia

"Mithraism radiated from India where there is evidence of its practice from 1400 B.C. Mitra was part of the Hindu pantheon and Mithra was a minor Zooroastrian deity, the god of the airy light between heaven and earth. He was also a military general in Chinese mythology." Solstice Celebrations Dies Natalis Solis Invicti and Mithras - by N.S. Gill, About.com Guide

"Although Christianity eventually rivaled the four-century-old cult of Mithra in Rome, they were practiced by different social classes. Mithra was popular among soldiers and had a certain elitism because it barred women, and like Gnosticism, it emphasized hidden knowledge. On the other hand, Christianity was a version that could be practiced by women and so it was more popular. Under emperors like Julian and Commodus, Mithra became the patron of Roman armies. " Mythical figures Jesus was ripped off of - Simple Truth at Wikia

"According to the Mithraic myth, he would undergo a cultic transformation into a bull [or] a ram. He would be killed and his flesh and blood (or wine representing his blood) would be consumed by the faithful. The pictoral and sculpted scenes presenting this sacred meal were the ones which enraged Christian sensitivities, and many smashed-up Mithraeums show the traces of the fury of Christian iconoclasts. Tertullian [160CE-240CE] mentioned (De praescre., 40) this ritual of the Mithras which was a 'devilish imitation of the Eucharist'. He also mentions that the Mithraists enacted the resurrection." Mithraism and Christianity Jan 20, 2002

Sacraments in Mithraism and Early Christianity Hypotyposeis

Mithraic Mysteries - Wikipedia

"He is sometimes depicted as a man being born or reborn from a rock (the 'petra genetrix), typically with the snake Ouroboros wrapped around it. It is commonly believed that the cave in Mithraism imagery represents the cosmos, and the rock is the cosmos seen from the outside; hence the description of this god as 'rising from the dead'. According to some accounts, Mithras died, was buried in a cavernous rock tomb, and was resurrected. " Mithraism Crystalinks

Salvation and Revelation www.siloam.net

""Mithras” is the Latin name of a Vedic god that the ancient Persians called “Mithra”, and in the Rig Veda is called “Mitra”. Mitra is one of the hundred plus names of Soma in the Rig Veda and means “the friend of all men”. Mitra is an extremely old God, whose name first appears in writing in a peace treaty between the Hittite empire and the Mitanni in approximately 1450BC, Mithra was often invoked in contracts and treaties." Mithra & Avesta The Ambrosia Society

Mithraism The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras by David Ulansey

Pagan Religions of the Old World - Sun Worship, Factsaboutfaith.com

"...Easter from the pagan festival of Eastre...High Mass, Sunday Sabbath, Holly and Ivy, Decorating trees, Monotheism, The Eucharist...All of it is taken from Mithra." Christianity Is The Plagiarized Version Of Mithraism - A Persian / Iranian Theology Patriarchal Tyranny: - The true origin of the three Abrahamic, Adam and Eve based religions; Judaism, and its two derivatives: Christianity and Islam. - By Bahram Maskanian

Mithraism The sacred meal and the ascent to heaven - Farvardin

Mithra: The Pagan Christ Truth Be Known

Roman-Persian Wars - Wikipedia

Specific similarities between the lives of Jesus and Krishna - Religioustolerance.org

Astronaut Theology: Masonic Manhattan Edition Wednesday, May 07, 2008 The Secret Sun

Mithras Slaying the Sacred Bull, image from Saul of Tarsus and Christ's Blood borndigital.com