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Patti Wigington

Yule Countdown: The Legend of Mithras

By December 2, 2013

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Christianity hardly has a monopoly on the theme of resurrection, particularly around the winter holidays. A couple of thousand years ago, followers of a god named Mithras celebrated rebirth in much the same way as the followers of Jesus do today. Mithras was an early Roman god of the sun, who was born around the time of the winter solstice and then experienced a resurrection around the spring equinox. Sound familiar? The Legend of Mithras
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December 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm
(1) Roger Pearse says:

I’m afraid someone is pulling your leg here. For instance, there is no connection in any ancient source between Mithras and 25 Dec. No Mithraic winter celebration is known.

Be very wary; nearly all the “Jesus is really Mithras” claims are wrong on facts that may be looked up in standard textbooks.

Sorry to be brief – typing from a phone. Just be sceptical.

December 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm
(2) Patti Wigington says:

If you read the linked article, I actually make it clear that the story of the resurrection of Jesus is *not* stolen from the story of Mithras. The common thread is that according to legend, Mithras was born around the time of the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, which is why it is discussed as part of our Yule series.

patti

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