A new book on the history
of the origins of Christianity,
Mithraism was the foremost religion of the Roman Empire. It seems to have disappeared without a trace in the fourth century AD, supposedly because of the success of Christianity. Mithraism did not disappear: it had accepted the feminine principal into its credo, whereupon Emperor Theodosius the Great rebranded this feminised Mithraism as Christianity and made it the only legitimate religion in the Empire. He anathematised all others. Before this date there were no Christians, only Galileans and Nazarenes. Christ is Mithras. Jesus was a bystander to the phenomenal growth of Mithraism.
The story of the rise and rise of Mithraism and its metamorphosis into Christianity is the essence of the work:
The following questions stimulated the writing of Christ and the Taurobolium:
What is the Taurobolium?
Taurobolium. Literal meaning — the lassoing
of the bull, allegorical meaning — the mastery of one’s
inner-self. In Mithraic myth Mithras caught and subdued a bull (caught
and subdued his animal self); he then slaughtered his animal-self
by a dagger thrust in the right side (of the bull). Through time
the word ‘taurobolium’ applied to the sacrifice of a
bull and the baptism in its blood of a suitably prepared and mature
Mithraic initiate. Such a baptism would assure the initiate a place
in the outer reaches of the universe which was not subject to time — eternity.
At Easter, the vernal equinox, priests led a garlanded bull, crowned with gold
and sporting gold discs on it flanks, into the baptistery. A be-ribboned initiate
crowned with gold and wearing silk vestments entered the pit at the centre
of the baptistery, which was then covered with perforated wooden boards. The
priests enticed the bull onto the boards and secured it. The priest/slaughter
man offered prayers with correct ritual and then thrust a consecrated spear
into the right flank of the pinioned beast. Steaming blood showered though
the perforated boarding under which the initiate, who in ecstacy, presented
his face to the dripping blood washing his eyes in gore and drinking the blood.
The baptised initiate emerged, gory, like a newborn babe into a new world,
freed from sin and bestowed with the promise of immortality.
Mithras had hidden under various aliases such as Apollo, Helios, Sol
Invictus; finally he assumed the name ‘Christ’. To know
about Mithras and about how he gained the new name ‘Christ’, read
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