By Payam Nabarz
An outline of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith renowned within the Roman Legions
• presents a finished background of Mithraism, together with its impact on Christianity and Islam
• contains rituals, meditations, and instructing stories for readers who desire to keep on with the Mithraic path
• stories the evolution and divergence of the jap (Persian) and Western (Roman) types of Mithraism
The Mysteries of Mithras provides a revival of the mystical practices and initiatory approach of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith that was once immensely renowned within the Roman Legions from the past due moment century B.C. till A.D. four hundred and used to be taken to each nook of the Roman Empire. because the final pagan kingdom faith in Europe, it used to be crucial competitor to early Christianity and seriously inspired Christian doctrine and symbolism. The parallels among Christianity and historic Mithraism are striking--for instance, the god Mithra was once born of a virgin in a cave on December 25.
Payam Nabarz finds the background, origins, and non secular and philosophical tenets of Mithraism and its connections to Christianity, Islam, and Freemasonry. He additionally describes the trendy neo-pagan perform of Mithraism in facts this present day and for readers who desire to undertake the Mithraic direction, he contains seven of its initiatory rituals and meditations, in addition to orations and educating stories, that open the door to the seven Mithraic grades of passage.
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17 Furthermore, Weare reports: The notion that hyenas changed sex from male to female and back again and again dates back at least to ancient Greece, although Aristotle refuted it. The idea probably comes from the fact that the genitals of the two sexes look nearly identical. In fact, Europeans often associated hyenas with sexual “perversion,” especially homosexuality. Medieval Europeans also believed that sometimes a lioness would mate with a hyena to produce a strange hybrid called the leucrotta.
In some mystery religions it is known as Agathodaimon (the good spirit-friend) where it acts as a doorkeeper and door opener. We can consider the seven grades of the Mithraic mysteries to be symbolized by a ladder or a staircase with seven gates, each associated with one of the seven planets, while at the top is an eighth gate associated with the sphere of the fixed stars and leading to the region beyond that sphere. The leontocephaline holds a key to the eight celestial gates, the ways into the realm of fire.
It is worth noting that the symbols of the Persian Sufis are very similar: bowl, cap, and axe (combining a straight sickle with a staff). In the tauroctony, the central icon of the Western Mithraic cult, all the mystery of this tradition comes together. Its Persian origins and the incorporation of Greek mythology and Roman astrology give rise to an esoteric path that must have had an everlasting impression on those who were prepared to follow it. The bull that Mithras kills is his ego, the aim of all followers of Mithras.