Christ and the Taurobolium
Lord Mithras in the genesis of Christianity

A new book on the history of the origins of Christianity,
with emphasis on the metamorphosis of Mithras into Christ.


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:

Christ and the Taurobolium - Lord Mithras in the genesis of Christianity

Christ and the Taurobolium - Lord Mithras in the genesis of Christianity

The following questions stimulated the writing of Christ and the Taurobolium:

Why is sacrifice the prime rite of religion?
Why do the pious consume their God.?
What did Jesus hope to achieve?
Who actually killed Jesus?
Why were the Gospels written?
What is the true meaning of the cross?
What happened to Mithraism?
Is Christianity really a religion of the ‘Book’.
Is the term Judaeo-Christian a misnomer?
Are the Synoptic Gospels Christian?
Was St Paul a Gnostic initiate of Mithras?
Who was/is Christ?
Do the loaves and fishes miracles have meaning?
What is the meaning of the story of the Prodigal Son?
What was the reason for the Sermon on the Mount?
Does St Paul deserve his title?
Does St Peter lie under the altar of St Peter’s, Rome?
Why is there antipathy to the Jews?
Is the reason for 9/11 three thousand years old?
Has a Holy Grail been found?

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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.

Rome’s main Mithraic baptistery was an annex of the Phrygianum (and later the Basilical Petros) on the side of Mons Vaticanus (the Vatican Hill), and bloody baptisms continued well into the latter half of the fourth century AD.

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.

The bull was crowned, dressed, secured or immobilised, pierced by a spear, and blood issued forth which the initiate drank. Cleansed, the initiate later banqueted on the carcass. The initiate drank the blood of and ate the body of the bull which represented the body of Christ.

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 the work:

Christ and the Taurobolium
- Lord Mithras in the genesis of Christianity


Christ and the Taurobolium - Mithras in the Genesis of Christianity

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Hardback, 896 pages, 120+ illustrations and maps. ISBN: 0954078616.
Author: D.K. Malloch. Published by Lochan.

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