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" .
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
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
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.
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.