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Dec 2023
NewScriptum

At least! You can now edit your posts and comments on your Profile / Contribution page.
Have I said Happy Saturnalia yet?

 
Dec 2023
NewVideo

Les origines du dieu Mithra. Rencontre avec Margaux Bekas

Margaux Bekas, commissaire de l’exposition ’Le mystère Mitrha. Plongée au cœur d’un culte romain’, présente dans cette vidéo les origines du dieu Mithra.

 
 
Dec 2023
Scriptum

Felix Dies Natalis Solis Invicti!

 
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Oct 2023
Comentum

One hypothesis is that the mythology of the Roman secret society of Mithras was transformed into an esoteric society, still secret, using the Bible as a screen. Let's take an example: a secret password for today's Masonic lodges is 'Shiboleth'. Shiboleth' means 'ears of wheat', i.e. abundance. Is not the tail of the bull of Mithras an ear of wheat? There are probably dozens of passwords like that. So Hebrew became a secret language for the followers of Mithras, who continued the cult after the fall of Rome, in sanctuaries located near springs or spas, at the same time as the cult of Hercules. Many of these places can be found in France, dating from the 7th to the 10th century. Crypts dating from the 8th and 9th centuries can also be found under Romanesque churches (the church at 'Saint Savin sur Gartempe' has a crypt dating from 800 AD, and a church built above it in 1030 AD). This crypt has a clear mithraeum shape. The modern Masonic rites were probably written in the 15th or 16th....

 
By the way, there is this video by @nicolas.amoroso that tells a lot about mithraic images in the medieval times: https://www.mithraeum.eu/video/7zXAQM-3sCg
 
I knew this amazing capital in Monreale. In Sicily, isn’t it? It’s quite remarkable, even if Mithras has lost his usual Phrygian cap for a turban, which makes sense if we consider that the eastern stereotype changes over time and a turban would be a better way to represent him in the 12th century. We could theorise that the oriental nature of the god was better known than most scholars now assume, at least to the stonemasons who worked on the building of Monreale Cathedral. There is a lot to say about this. Thanks for sharing.
 
this capital from the cloister of the abbey of Monreal in sicily dates from the 12th century and is very disturbing. It’s exactly Mithras (upside down). This means that, contrary to the idea we have of the past, the cult of Mithras was known and understood in the 12th century. Probably less violently than we do today. All this had to be known and respected.
 
Monreal 12th centyry AD. 1,000 years after mithraism...
 
Monreal monastery 12th century AD ...
 
The modern Masonic lodge is organised around the starry vault, but the officers are still arranged in a very similar way to the Mithraeum, respecting the two solstices and the two equinoxes. The Venerable Master in the East is at the spring equinox, the first sign of the ancient Zodiac, and the seat of Mithras, from where he intervenes in the journey of souls.
 
It makes perfect sense. My hesitation would lie in the time gap that separates Mithraism and Freemasonry. I admit that certain knowledge has been passed down through the centuries in oral form from all sorts of mystical traditions that spread from the Middle Ages to modern times, including the Cathars, the Bogomiles, even the Knights Templar if you like, but I think there is a missing piece and that is perhaps the greatest Mithraic scholar of all time, Monsieur Franz Cumont. Even if he wasn't a Freemason, he was a pretty good friend of some notorious ones at the time he was rediscovering the Mysteries. Among them was Eugène Goblet d'Alviella, Grand Maître du Grand Orient de Belgique from 1884 to 1886 and Souverain Grand Commandeur du Suprême Conseil in 1900.
 
Dec 2023
NewComentum

Visited 2 times. Different stone type also.

 
Dec 2023
NewMonumentum

Petrogeny with hand on head from Nida

This sculpture of Mithras being born from a rock is unique in the position of the hands.

 
Dec 2023
NewComentum

I know the Mithras site (since my childhood) at Carrawburgh and have worked at the APX Xanten (Germany) knowing about the Mitras Altar find down the road in Kalkar.

Batava Auxiliary Units where stationed at Xanten and Kalkar until they where transfered in disgrace (after the Batava uprising 69/70AD) to the Vindolanda area.

I was just checking the connection and if the same Batavian Cohort had maybe built and used the two temples and had maybe brought the cult to the area of north England

I was pleasantly surprised to read thie inscription on the other Altar proving a Betavian connection to Mitras at Carrawburgh and to read that evidence points to the lower Rhein area. Although it must not be forgotten that the Betavas home land was in the area of todays Nijmegen in Holland and directly connected to the Northern Lower Rheinarea of Roman Germania Inferior.

The Altar found at Kalkar (not in situ.) is unfortunately dated after the official exodus of the Batavians although the Temple itself has not been found or excavated and the founding of the temple could possibly of an earlier date!

 
Dec 2023
NewComentum

I know the Mithras site (since my childhood) at Carrawburgh and have worked at the APX Xanten (Germany) knowing about the Mitras Altar find down the road in Kalkar.

Batava Auxiliary Units where stationed at Xanten and Kalkar until they where transfered in disgrace (after the Batava uprising 69/70AD) to the Vindolanda area.

I was just checking the connection and if the same Batavian Cohort had maybe built and used the two temples and had maybe brought the cult to the area of north England

I have been pleasantly surprised to read this inscription proving a Betavian connection to Mitras at Carrawburgh.

The Altar found at Kalkar (not in situ.) is unfortunately dated after the official exodus of the Batavians although the Temple itself has not been found or excavated and the founding of the temple could possibly of an earlier date!

 
Dec 2023
NewComentum

I know the Mithras site (since my childhood) at Carrawburgh and have worked at the APX Xanten (Germany) knowing about the Mitras Altar find down the road in Kalkar.

Batava Auxiliary Units where stationed at Xanten and Kalkar until they where transfered in disgrace (after the Batava uprising 69/70AD) to the Vindolanda area.

I was just checking the connection and if the same Batavian Cohort had maybe built and used the two temples and had maybe brought the cult to the area of north England

I have been pleasantly surprised to read this inscription proving a Betavian connection to
Mitras at Carrawburgh.
The Altar found at Kalkar (not in situ.) is unfortunately dated after the official exodus of the Batavians although the Temple itself has not been found or excavated and the founding of the temple could possibly of an earlier date!

 
Dec 2023
NewSocius

1991-2005
Grabungstechniker - Archaeological Site Supervisor
LVR - APX Xanten / LAND GmbH.

 
 
Dec 2023
NewScriptum

Le Musée Saint-Raymond de Toulouse recherche un médiateur culturel diplômé en archéologie. Pour en savoir plus : La mairie de Toulouse recrute.

 
Dec 2023
Syndexios

Pinnes

He was a soldier of the Cohors I Belgarum, probably of Dalmatian origin, who dedicated an altar to Mithras in Aufustianis.

 
 
Dec 2023
NewScriptum

Mithras at the Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba by @jaime.alvar. This Sunday for those of you in the area.

 
Dec 2023
Syndexios

Gaius Valerius Heracles

Pater and priest of the Fagan Mithtraeum with several monuments to his name.

 
Dec 2023
Syndexios

Julian

Roman emperor and philosopher known for his restoration of Hellenistic polytheism.

 
Dec 2023
NewLiber

Mithras: Geschichte einer Gottheit

Keiner der zahlreichen heidnischen Kulte und keine antike Religion hat das Christentum in einer Weise herausgefordert und geprägt, wie der römische Mysterienkult des Sonnen- und Erlösergottes Mithras.

 
Dec 2023
NewSocius

researcher on Mithraism for over 20 years,
author of the book "Mithras. Geschichte einer Gottheit".