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ostensible source/founder of mithraism, the "mysteries" of the roman mysteriae mithrae ("mysteries of mithras", "mithraic mysteries"), an astrology-centric, middle-platonic mystery cult of the 1st-4th century roman empire whose adherents worshiped in "caves" (i.e. mithraea) in imitation of "zoroaster". (porphyry, de antro nympharum 6)

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  • gradually certain practices that zoroaster appears to have deplored, such as the use of haoma (a narcotic intoxicant) in prayer and the sacrifice of bulls in connection with the cult of the god mithra (a lesser god in zoroastrianism), became features of the religion. it is not surprising, however, that former customs should be thus revived, because zoroaster appears to have incorporated in his religion the old persian pantheon, although very much refined. instead of tolerating the worship of all the deities, however, he divided them into those who were beneficent and truthful and those whose malevolence and falseness made them abhorrent. factmonster.com

  • gradually certain practices that zoroaster appears to have deplored, such as the use of haoma (a narcotic intoxicant) in prayer and the sacrifice of bulls in connection with the cult of the god mithra (a lesser god in zoroastrianism), became features of the religion. it is not surprising, however, that former customs should be thus revived, because zoroaster appears to have incorporated in his religion the old persian pantheon, although very much refined. instead of tolerating the worship of all the deities, however, he divided them into those who were beneficent and truthful and those whose malevolence and falseness made them abhorrent. infoplease.com