, Mathdaism, and other local traditions.
Some areas explored are mystery cults, divination, perceptions of the afterlife, British ritual killings, druids, and Mithraism
. The book contains color and b&w photos and historical illustrations.
He cites as examples Agni, the personification of sacrificial fire in Hindu religion, and notes the special importance of the Eraniel region in India, from which this kind of conception spread to influence Mithraism
, Mandaism, Judaism, Christianity, and pre-Christian Greek beliefs.
The Mysteries of Mithraism
Chicago: The Open Court Publishing Company.
(Ehrman speculates that mass conversion to Christianity would have occurred even without Constantine.) And wasn't the potent sense of identification with Jesus-as-Savior a headier brew than the dutiful carrying out of ritual obligations to gods whom one could not "contact" in any subjective fashion, save perhaps for practitioners of mystery religions such as Mithraism
. But one new religion emerged triumphant: Christianity.
Identifies the French writer's incorporation of the ancient Roman cult of Mithraism
which engaged in the ritual killing of bulls as notably absent in EH's writings on the same topic.]
(15) Their religion is a blend of Mithraism
, Mazdaism, and Zoroastrianism and has taken on elements of Christianity and Islam.
Its article on Mithraism
is surprisingly honest about Jesus' similarity to earlier Mithra (or Mithras), admitting Mithra's December 25th birth date, as well as "...
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
. See Birgul Acikyildiz, The Yezidis: The History of a Community, Culture and Religion (London: I.B.
In the interest of unity in his empire, Roman Emperor Constantine deliberately blurred the distinctions between Christianity, Mithraism
and Sol Invictus.
"During the AD's, Mithraism
has such developed in Roman Empire that even the Roman-Persian wars did not affect his dignity" .