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What is Mithraism


historical view of Heidelberg

historical view of Heidelberg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Sociology class we are learning a little bit about religion in society. One particular religion that we discussed, other than Christianity, was sun worship. How ancient societies would worship the sun, until science came along and explained the world and it’s surroundings to us. I wrote a response paper on a particular sun worshiping group that I had seen on a TV show a few months ago. I had to do some research to make sure what I was saying was accurate, as always. Enjoy!

I love watching the History channel. Some of the shows on there always catch my attention, especially when it comes to talking about historical items in the museum, archeology, or historical exploration. Last year I started watching a show called America Unearthed. Scott Wolter, a world renowned forensic geologist is often called to check out some rock or stone someone has found. Usually that stone has some history relevance to a past society or tied to a particular group of people.

According to Wolter’s show, “these groups of people or societies are relatively known to have lived there, so history says, but with the evidence that’s being found today and the evidence that’s been looked at again from the past, says otherwise. Such as the Mayan’s built temples in Georgia, Egyptian tribes once lived in Oklahoma, the Knights Templar roaming in the Nevada desert. All of these groups of people past history says is inaccurate, but evidence being brought forth shows otherwise.”

The show is primarily based on correcting the history that we’ve been taught in school. Scott Wolter travels all over America, even across Europe, trying to put an answer to some of the items that are brought to his attention.

In Sociology class, we talked about a particular religion where people worship the sun. It reminded me of an episode I saw of America Unearthed called ‘A Deadly Sacrifice’. Evidence of a particular group called Mithraism was found in Oklahoma. Wolter says, “Mithraism is an ancient Egyptian cult of the Apis bull.” However, that is incorrect.

Mithraism was it was a secretive sect. It is part of the Zoroastrianism religion that was founded in the 6th century BC. What is known is that it dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.  

Mithras was a very important Persian god. He was a sun god and a bull slayer. Images are often found of Mithras slaying a bull. It is believed that those in the Mithraism sect sacrificed a bull to honor Mithras, but the blood was used to baptized newcomers.  

This particular group would have been outcast in America as they were very different from Christianity. However, archeological evidence shows that Christianity and Mithraism influenced one another. They both developed in the same area of the world. They both have communal meals and have similar beliefs and practices. It is believed that Christianity adopted one aspect of Mithraism, Christmas Day.

Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th; he was born sometime in the fall. December 25th is the day of the birth of the sun, or the sun god, to which is closely related to Mithras.

When Constantine converted to Christianity from Mithraism, he decided to change December 25th to Christ’s birthday, rather than Mithras’ birthday. Mithraism eventually died out in the 4th century AD when Constantine converted to Christianity.

This post is being brought to my attention and is not at all seen as what I was trying to get across. It seems that I will have to correct some errors.

Did Booth really die in that fire or not?


Today, in History class, we started watching a film called The Conspirator, which came out in 2010. It’s a Robert Redford film about the people conspiring to kill Lincoln, Secretary of State, and the Vice President. Seven men and one woman, Mary Surratt, was arrested after the assassination of Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth has been shot and burned in the barn owned by Garrett on 26 April 1865. Dr. Mudd, whom helped mend Booth’s broken leg, was arrested as being a conspirator for aiding John Wilkes Booth.

I’ve watched about half the movie so far and I’m currently reading the book by Bill O’Reilly called Killing Lincoln. There’s also a movie called Lincoln coming out next Friday that I’m going to go see. With my current choice of studies I’ve immersed myself in reading and watching anything to do with the US Civil War and Lincoln. But the part that has really got my attention is that not too long ago it was made public that John Wilkes Booth did not die in that barn, that it was someone else. There was a bigger conspiracy then what the History books have been teaching us.

It was on the History Channel not too long ago and was even put on the front page of several newspapers, that some government officials that worked with Lincoln were in on the assassination. Though Booth had set out to kidnap Lincoln, but his plans didn’t turn out the way he was hoping and that’s where he decided to go ahead and shoot Lincoln. But there was someone that somewhat resembled Booth placed in the barn and Booth was set free. He had fled south, changing not only his name, but also his looks. He lived a long life, marrying and raising a family. He confessed his crime on his death bed, but everyone knew Booth was dead…supposedly.

I had asked my History teacher if all of this was true and she told me no, that he had actually died in the barn. I thought what was put on the History Channel was actual fact. Not to mention it was even in the papers. One of Booth’s descendants came forward to say that her ancestor actually lived a long life and did not die in the fire that it was a cover up.

Really, who do I believe here?