Mysteries of Mithra

Paperback, 256 pages

English language

Published March 20, 1997 by Kessinger Publishing.

ISBN:
978-1-56459-690-1
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3 stars

I was intrigued by the title of this book as I had seen Mithra mentioned on a QI repeat and knew nothing about him. When The Mysteries of Mithra popped up as the free Book of the Day on ForgottenBooks.org I tapped download immediately.

The book is quite short at 239 pages and spends a fair bit of its space describing what is not known - which isn't helpful. The initial chapter examining the history of the religions from which Mithraism came is dry with lots of dates and names I'd not read before. I nearly gave up but am glad I persevered as the remaining text covering the actual beliefs, spread through the Roman Empire, practices and art, is interesting.

I had the impression that Mithraism pre-dated Christianity, but the two seem to have begun concurrently and, despite their differences, have much in common - the 25th December nativity …

Subjects

  • Alternative belief systems
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Religion - World Religions