Article: 261842 of talk.bizarre From: Goddess@access2.Digex.Net (Goddess@access2.Digex.Net) Date: 01 Dec 95 08:33:00 -0500 Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: My Farvorite War God (FTS Message-ID: <email@example.com> X-Mail-Agent: GIGO+ sn 164 at sunshine vsn 0.99 pl1 Organization: Sunshine's Mail Only Node Lines: 36 Status: O X-Status: AREA:TALK.BIZARRE From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise K. Rogow) Date: 1 Dec 1995 08:33:07 -0500 >From this month's issue of "Civilization, the Magazine of the Library of Congress," on page 31, titled _No Wonder Fraternities Went Greek_ Stressing moral courage and indifference to women and the means to spiritual salvation, the secret cult of the sun god Mithras thrived in subterranean temples during the second and third centuries A.D., and was especially popular among Roman soldiers. But to become a full-standing member, one had to endure the "12 tortures." Although most records were destroyed, tablets preserved in Innsbruck, Austria, suggest that Mitraic pledges had to lie naked on snow for several nights, be whipped for two days and run "boldly" though large fires. For their final ordeal, the men were obliged to hold up the hind legs of a cow and reveive in their face the "laver of regeneration." After successufully completing all of the tests, the new members were incised with the mark of Mithras and given an engraved stone. When the cult disappeared in the fourth century, many of its kinder and gentler traditions were subsumed by Christianity, including Mithras' birthday, December 25. At the end of the article is a picture of a marble statue of "Mithras with animal friends," a lion, a dog, and a snake. Keep the Faith, Louise -- |Fidonet: Goddess@access2.Digex.Net 1:135/292.1 |Internet: Goddess@access2.Digex.Net | | Standard disclaimer: The views of this user are strictly his/her own.