Mithras, the subterranean sun, must be the most unfortunate of ancient deities. There is so much twaddle talked online. A correspondent today drew my attention to what must easily be the most ignorant statement about him that I have ever seen. And there is considerable competition for that title, you know! As usual, it is delivered with an utter certainty that Torquemada himself might have considered just a bit too fanatical.
The commenter here gives us the usual spiel about how he/she was brought up to be a Christian, and “studied” other religions.
In coming across zoroastrianism I was therefore stunned. Mithra, the son of the god Zoroastra, was born of a virgin on December 25th in a field surrounded by shepherds. After a 40 day period called Estra he died and was entombed, after which he rose on the third day. Ceremonies recalling this event used a rock to represent the man-god, and priests would eat bread and drink wine. It is no exaggeration or hyperbole to say this was the most horrifying realization of my life. This pulled all the certainty of my life out from under me.
After which we get the usual circumlocutions for “I decided to adopt the values of the age I happen to live in, instead of those of my parents.” Such mindless conformity is unlikely to end well, of course.
But I must say I was fascinated. I mean, how can you “study” Zoroastrianism and not know who Zoroaster was? And plainly the poster does not!
What I’d really like to know, tho, is the source of this nonsense. Someone, somewhere, must have come up with this. Does anyone know who?