a reply to: Justmea
Due to a bizarre happenstance a few years ago I got really obsessive about Mithraism and lucked out finding a rare book about the subject.
It's odd that he had a Mithraeum coming off of his house as (to my knowledge) most Mithraeums were in natural caves. And strange about the odd
arrangement of the planets.
Anyhow, Medusa represented corruption (beauty to ugly) and darkness I think, as she was some underground gorgon... Mithra in contrast, was the god of
Light [the living Sun] and often had the crown of light. Perseus, the father of Persia, slew Medusa, and so her head must be sort of emblematic of the
conquering of new over old (Mithraism over the old pagan pantheon), light over darkness
However of course, he was adopted into many pantheons rather than solely worshipped, I know under Rome it was forbidden to have a cult [singling out
one god] as it would entail denying the divinity of the Emperor. Such is why many Mithraeums were underground / in natural caves. Not only for
reverence of nature, but to keep it hidden.
They all had these clearly zodiacal statues, with the bull being killed, some combination of dog, snake, scorpion, crab attacking it. Seems to
represent the age of Taurus ending:
When I learned about initiation rights (including standing in a dark pit with a grating covering, a live cow slaughtered above with the blood falling
onto you) it started to sound like traumatic conditioning. Just a tactic to make the mind more malleable for the cult.
It was that powerful. The military of Rome had huge influence over politics, and Mithraism was immensely popular among soldiers. If the Empire hadn't
forcibly converted to Christianity, the world would right now be Mithraist.
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