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The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World

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A book by Payam Nabarz

From page one, Nabarz showers the reader with dense historical information about the origins of Mithras, an ancient Persian protector god whose worship can be traced as far back as the second millennium B.C.E. The Mithras cult is said to pre-date even … see full wiki

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Author: Payam Nabarz
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Inner Traditions
1 review about The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief...

Too much wandering of the main thesis

  • Sep 8, 2010
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When I read the title of this book, I was expecting that it would focus primarily on the myths or stories that mention the figure Mithras, and then proceed to show how these stories or myths were either adapted into the Bible, or into Christian practices in the successive centuries. The first part of the book does this, but to only a small extent. The book also includes a lot of other text that I found boring or unrelated to the title. For example, several chapters go over the different rituals used in the worship of Mithras, and how the book's author practices these rituals. These chapters do not include much comparison/contrast with Christian religious rituals. Another waste of text was the author's inclusion of his own personal works related to Mithras such as poems. As far as I am concerned, the author is not an influential Christian figure or philosopher, so why include his own works in this book? Probably the most disappointing was the lack of mystery. The title does say "The Mysteris of Mithras..." but there is no mystery in this book. For those who are looking for an analysis of Christianity's roots in pagan beliefs, a more understandable source is the Zietgeist movie online. Overall, not quite the book the title would suggest, and somewhat boring in places.

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