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Jane will be talking about the Mystery Religion Mithraism which was huge in the Roman Empire. There are many interesting links between Mithraism and early Christianity (which probably borrowed the 25th of December from Mithraism for their own deo-genisis). However, this was, like the Elusinian Mysteries, a religion in which the followers were enjoined not to speak about it to those not also in the cult. Thus we know far too little about the beliefs and try to get clues from surviving Mithraea (their places of worship), which at very least indicate that it was quite widespread.
The image is of Jane speaking about the Mithraeum at the Museum at Yale.
Jane Sibley is an expert in many areas of folklore, and history in the areas of magick and religion, She’s co-founder and a speaker at the Changing Times Changing Worlds conference, and author of several books both fictional and non-fiction. She has a Ph. D in history/ comparative religion, and her dissertation was on thunder/lightning lore in religion and folklore, as well as iconography in the Indo-European world.
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