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The Ancient Roman Cult That Continues to Vex Scholars
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:34:23 pm »
"Mithraism was an underground Roman religious group that worshipped a pagan deity called Mithras. All Mithraea featured a tauroctony, an image of the god Mithras slaying a sacred bull, as its centerpiece. Though the covert religion was once so widespread some historians considered it an early rival and “sister religion” to Christianity, little is actually known for certain about it."

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Re: The Ancient Roman Cult That Continues to Vex Scholars
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2017, 08:16:05 pm »
"Mithraism was an underground Roman religious group that worshipped a pagan deity called Mithras. All Mithraea featured a tauroctony, an image of the god Mithras slaying a sacred bull, as its centerpiece. Though the covert religion was once so widespread some historians considered it an early rival and “sister religion” to Christianity, little is actually known for certain about it."

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The name is taken from Persian religion. Historians and theologians are uncertain if there is any deeper connection between the Roman Mithras and the Persian one, however; on the face of it, they have very little in common.

Mithraism is indeed a head-scratcher.
"The worshippers of the gods go to them; to the manes go the ancestor-worshippers; to the Deities who preside over the elements go their worshippers; My devotees come to Me." ... "Whichever devotee desires to adore whatever such Deity with faith, in all such votaries I make that particular faith unshakable. Endowed with that faith, a votary performs the worship of that particular deity and obtains the fruits thereof, these being granted by Me alone." - Sri Krishna

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