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 (mĭth′rə-ĭz′əm, -rā-)
A religion based on the worship of Mithras that was especially popular among the Roman military and a strong rival to Christianity during the late Roman Empire.

Mith·ra′ic (mĭ-thrā′ĭk) adj.
Mith·ra′ist n.


(ˈmɪθreɪˌɪzəm) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) the ancient Persian religion of Mithras. It spread to the Roman Empire during the first three centuries ad
Mithraic, ˌMithraˈistic adj
ˈMithraist n, adj


(ˈmɪθ rəˌɪz əm)

an ancient religion in which Mithras was worshipped: a rival of Christianity in the Roman Empire.
Mith•ra′ic (-ˈreɪ ɪk) Mith`ra•is′tic, adj.
Mith′ra•ist, n.


an oriental mystery cult, admitting only men, whose deity was Mithras, the savior hero of Persian myth. — Mithraist, n.Mithraic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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Noun1.Mithraism - ancient Persian religionMithraism - ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d.
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"


[ˈmɪθreɪɪzəm] Nmitraísmo m
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The religion, often slandered as "devil worshipers," is a syncretic incorporation of proto-Indo-European religions, Persian Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism, Sufism, and regional paganism such as Mithraism.
During the AD's, Mithraism has such developed in Roman Empire that even the Roman-Persian wars did not affect his dignity" [17].
An interesting reference to Syria's cultural heritage was the discovery of paintings in the Synagogue depicting limited aspects of Mithraism which was widely viewed as a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire between the first and 4th century.
Pir is the highest rank in Mithraism and Zoroastrianism.
However, the point I am trying to convey here is that the omission of any references in the specific writings considered earlier to Iranian culture (including the Zoroastrian tradition, for instance, but for the same reason one can cite Manichaeism or Mithraism, etc.
The modern religions, from Mithraism to Christianity set man above Nature.
The original structure of the building and a window through which the sun shines directly in the equinoxes suggest that it was a temple of Mithraism, an unofficial religion in the Roman Empire.
Romans increasingly turned to Eastern "mystery cults" such as Mithraism and, eventually, to Christianity because these faiths offered a more adequate and satisfying approach to life and death.
Mithraism was organized into seven initiatory levels, and little is known today about the substance of their beliefs and sacraments, although there is some evidence that human sacrifice was carried out, and that Mithraists worshipped, in addition to the youthful, bull-slaying Mithras, a lion-headed deity, Ahrimanius, who was synonymous with the Persian.
The early church provided a more believable option than its rival religions, especially the Mysteries and Mithraism.
After explaining how Montherlant's influential Les bestiaires reveals a profound appreciation for Mithraism, Stoltzfus pauses and concedes that he is "surprised" to find an analogous treatment of the Mithraic cult in Hemingway's writings.
That single concession should have eliminated Mithraism as a serious competitor within a generation.