??? Is this an actual mithraeum?
I appreciate this article as it spawned and actual (gasp!) conversation on the facebook group. Mithraists are such a secretive bunch. ;-) There were a few bits I didn't agree with, but in the main, I too feel that when Mithras could no longer command the members it once had, it simply changed its outward appearance and kept going as the Masons. A fresh coat of paint, a change of clothes, and TA DA! Easy peasy.
Interesting that the couch's covering isn't recognizable as the slain bull, though I'm not sure I would blame the artist's lack of skill for the omission. Someone had to be directing the artist, as it's REALLY unlikely that every piece of Mithraic art had a single point of origin that every subsequent artist drew upon. Instead, let's think of the decorative stripes as an elaborate dorsuale. ;-)
I am glad the snake got an invitation to the feast.