Mithras cult image
Roman Mithras cult - an inspiration for Early Christianity
What an ornament on the shelf or on the wall: the Mithras cult image as a symbol of the regeneration of all life!
The central motif on Mithras monuments and murals in the Mithras cult centres is Mithras killing of the Bull. According to this Iranian Mythology, Mithra pursued the bull, caught him up, carried him in a cave and sacrificed him there on the renewal of the world. Tradition says that from the blood and semen of Taurus the Earth all life on Earth regenerate itself.
Mithras was the most widespread Iranian cult in the Roman Empire and certainly influenced early Christian thinking and praxis.
Mithras is represented with a Roman tunic and a Phrygian cap as a young man kneels on the bull killing him with one foot on the back of the bull and levers with the other leg cut off.
With his left hand he pulls the head of the animal to rear and with his right hand, he kills the bull by a stab in the back.
The inside of the coat was often decorated like a starry sky.
The replica is modeled after a Mithras altar from the limes Museum in Aalen, Germany.
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