An overview of Mithraism, the ancient Roman mystery religion popular in the Roman Legions
• Provides a comprehensive history of Mithraism, including its influence on Christianity and Islam
• Includes rituals, meditations, and teaching tales for readers who wish to follow the Mithraic path
• Studies the evolution and divergence of the Eastern (Persian) and Western (Roman) forms of Mithraism
The Mysteries of Mithras presents a revival of the magical practices and initiatory system of Mithraism, the ancient Roman mystery religion that was immensely popular in the Roman Legions from the late second century B.C. until A.D. 400 and was taken to every corner of the Roman Empire. As the last pagan state religion in Europe, it was the most important competitor to early Christianity and heavily influenced Christian doctrine and symbolism. The parallels between Christianity and ancient Mithraism are striking--for example, the god Mithra was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25.
Payam Nabarz reveals the history, origins, and spiritual and philosophical tenets of Mithraism and its connections to Christianity, Islam, and Freemasonry. He also describes the modern neo-pagan practice of Mithraism in evidence today and for readers who wish to adopt the Mithraic path, he includes seven of its initiatory rituals and meditations, as well as orations and teaching tales, that open the door to the seven Mithraic grades of passage.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book offers an excellent introduction into the modern resurgence of this religion and its practices. Scholastically however, it is found wanting by not relating the body of work to the title. If one is looking for the relationship between Mithraism and Christianity evidence will not be found here. There is reference to many parallels and similarities but this is not evidence that Mithraism shaped Christianity.
I read this book during my quest for the source of religious beliefs, as in Christianity. There are many traditions in Mithraism that mirror Xianity, if it is not the source of; for example the holidays like December 25 and Easter come from the birthday of Mithra. Mithra was the son of God, born as a human to help us out here. Plus he's a very cool guy. I am not conveying this correctly, you have to read the book. Something very interesting: Mithra comes from the cradle of civilization, Mesopotamia, or Iran if you will. Apparently the Jews got many ideas from there when they were in Babylon, as slaves. Think about it.
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