By: David Rice
To: Drew Webber
Re: ARK HOAX
You asked Fredric Rice:
DW> For us ignorant people, can you explain how this Mithra
DW> myth goes?
He was a crucified Savior (one of 16 that predate the Jesus
myth). Much of Christianity is based upon the Mythraic beliefs
of the Roman military.
From Paul Day:
Mithras was one of the biggest at the time and the early
Christians borrowed very heavily from his myths. Mithraism
believed in the immortality of the soul, a future
judgement, the resurrection of the dead and the second
coming of Mithras himself who would then battle and defeat
the principles of evil. He was born in a grotto, cave or
stable, shepherds attended his birth and brought him
gifts. Baptism and communion were important aspects of
Mithraism. The Mithraic communion ritual involved the
words: "He who shall not eat of my body nor drink of my
blood so that he may be one with me and I with him shall
not be saved."
From Simon Ewins (partial list):
Main entry: Ulansey, David.
Title: The origins of the Mithraic mysteries : cosmology and
salvation in the ancient world / David Ulansey. --
Imprint: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
ISBN: 0195054024 (alk. paper) : $24.95
Main entry: Harris, Eve.
Title: The oriental cults in Roman Britain / Eve and John R.
Imprint: Leiden : E.J. Brill, 1965.
Main entry: Vermaseren, Maarten Jozef.
Title: Mithras : the secret god / by M.J. Vermaseren. ;
[translated by Therese and Vincent Megan]. --
Imprint: London : Chatto and Windus, 1963.
Main entry: Cumont, Franz Valery Marie, 1868-1947.
Title: The mysteries of Mithra / by Franz Cumont ; translated
from the second French edition by Thomas J.
Imprint: Chicago : The Open court publishing company ; London:
Kegan Paul, Trench and Tr|bner, 1903.
Main entry: Oxtoby, Willard Gurdon.
Title: Ancient Iran and Zoroastrianism in Festschriften : an
index / Willard Gurdon Oxtoby. --
Imprint: Waterloo, Ont. : Council on the Study of Religion,
Executive Office, Waterloo Lutheran University ;
Shiraz, Iran : Asia
Institute of Pahlavi University, 1973.
LCCN: 73084888 //r833
ISBN: 0889160074 : $5.00. 0889160082
Title: The "Mithras liturgy" / edited and translated by Marvin
W. Meyer. --
Imprint: Missoula, Mont. : Published by Scholars Press for the
Society of Biblical Literature, c1976.
Collation: x, 27 p. ; 24 cm. --
LCCN: 76018288 //r882
ISBN: 0891301135 : $2.80
Main entry: International Congress of Mithraic Studies, 1st,
Manchester University, 1971.
Title: Mithraic studies; proceedings. John R. Hinnells,
Imint: [Manchester, Eng.] : Manchester University Press. ;
[Totowa, N.J.] : Rowman and Littlefield, 
LCCN: 74007310 //r77