03-10-03, 09:14 PM
Together with Mithraism, Zoroastrism or Mazdaism (reformations of Zarathustra) are oldest and widest spread Aryan religions of the past. Its something like old and the new testament of the White man. I shall start "in medias res" with Zoroastrian reformation, and than concentrate on Mithraism to which Zoroastrism own its origins. (Just like Christianity own its ruts to Judaism for instance. Or Islam to earlier Arabian animism)
Here is the page with Zoroastrian texts and links.
03-10-03, 09:23 PM
Isn't Islam based off Judaism?
03-10-03, 09:42 PM
I'm not expert on Islam, but as far as I know Muhamed did imitate Jesus. So the answer is yes. Islam has its origins in Judaic sect of early Christians.
Just as interesting phenomena;
Judaism also used to copy Zoroaster. (the idea of heaven and hell for instance).
However the religion I'm talking about has nothing to do with Semitic and Abramitic religions (Judaism,Christianity,Islam and Satanism)
03-10-03, 09:58 PM
Mitra is an old-Iranian god of light, contracts and friendship. He also maintains the cosmic order. Sometimes mentioned as the son of Ahura Mazda, he assists him in his struggle against the forces of evil, represented by Angra Mainyu. Mithra was born from a rock (or a cave). He fought with the sun and managed to capture the divine bull and slayed it before he ascended to heaven. From the blood of the bull came forth all the plants and animals beneficial to humanity.
With the emerging of Zoroastrianism, he was reduced to the status of Yazata. In the Avesta he was portrayed as having ten thousand ears and eyes, and he rides in a chariot pulled by white horses. In the 4 century BCE his popularity rose and again he held a high position in the Persian pantheon. Eventually his cult spread beyond Iran and Asia Minor and gradually became a mystery cult. The ascetic religion of Mithraism (to which only men were allowed) became increasingly popular among the Roman soldiers around 100 CE and at that time Mithra was known in Rome as 'Deus sol invictus' ("the unconquered sun"). Even the Roman emperor Commodus was initiated into Mithra's cult. When Constantine the Great was converted to Christianity in 312 CE, Mithraism started to decline and after a temporary revival under Julius the Apostate (331-363) the cult disappeared for good.
He is also known as Mitra in the Indian Veda.
Here is one interesting link about worship of "Deus Sol Invictus" (Mithra) in antient Britania