from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A religious cult that worshiped Mithras, especially popular among the Roman military and a strong rival to Christianity during the late Roman Empire.
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- proper n. An astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century Roman Empire that claimed to have been founded by "Zoroaster".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The ancient Persian religion which worshiped Mithra; it was popular among Romans during first three centuries a. d.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship of Mithras.
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- n. ancient Persian religion; popular among Romans during first three centuries a.d.
The stuff on Mithraism from the Catholic Encycolpedia was stunningly unconvincing.
Mithraism is not, in fact, a pre-Christian religion.
The book and video question the historical existence of Jesus Christ and shed light on other religions such as Mithraism, Hinduism, Judaism, as well as indigenous shamanism, showing the origins of shamanism through psychedelic drug use, sun and star worship, and fertility and sex worship.
The book and video question the historical existence of Jesus Christ and shed light on other religions such as Mithraism,
Anahita, who was "the presiding genie of Fertility and more especially of the Waters" (W.J. Phythian-Adams, "Mithraism," 1915, p. 13).] [97: "Rest Days," New York, 1916, pp. 124 _et seq.
Mithraism (Sun worship) was Christianity's strongest competitor in Europe.
In the 3rd Century the precursors, like the cult of Isis or Mithraism, helped open the space for Christianity's straddling syncretism.
Parallels to Mithraism have been factually dismembered
Christianity has taken ideas from Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, Greek and Roman worship, pagan beliefs, and a host of others too long to delve into here.
Since Mithraism was a mystery cult, required initiation to secret rituals, not much is clearly known.