Mithra Terms

In the West, the name Mithra (Mithras) is linked with Mithraism, a mystery religion that was particularly important in Rome. There are many striking parallels between Mithra and Dionysius. Both involved 7 stages of initiation. In both the person was (symbolically) cut into 7 or 14 pieces. These stages were linked with personal devleopment and asociated with the planets. Mithra was born on 25 December as was Dusares who was equated with Dionysius, both of whom were linked with Fertility. Part of the Mithraic tradition was linked with annual cycle, the rebirth of the god of light and specifically in the form of a son of the sun, who was frequently linked with a son or daughter of the earth. So there were parallels between a god of fertility, wine and light. This link with light was emphasized in Persia where Mithra was Mihr (light). Mithra was sometimes also seen as the charioteer of Ahura Mazda. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1310/is_1995_Jan/ai_17047186 Mithra, the lord of wide pastures Like Mitra, Mithra saw all things. The Avestan Yast (hymn) dedicated to him describes him as having a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes, and as never sleeping. http://www.iranian.com/History/Sept97/Mitra/index.html According to Zoroastrian angelology, Mithra is the greatest of the angels, and is an angel of light, associated with the sun (but distinct from it), and of the legal contract (Mithra is also a common noun in the Avesta meaning contract). He has a thousand ears, ten-thousand eyes. ... In the Rig Veda, Mitra figures prominantly, mentioned over 200 times. The Sun is said to be the eye of Mitra.... In the angelology of Jewish mysticism, Mithra appears as Metatron, the highest of the angels. http://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Celebrations/mehregan.htm His name day is Mehregan Mithra-Helios-Apollo-Hermes http://www.iranica.com/newsite/index.isc?Article=http://iranica.com/newsite/articles/ot_grp10/ot_mithraicon_20060113.html http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=479&letter=M