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Ascension in Mithraism (1)

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03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

12 Assyrian Identity

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Mithras Liturgy 539-556:
Draw in breath from the rays, drawing up three times as much as you can, and you will see yourself being lifted up and ascending to the height, so that you seem to be in midair. You will hear nothing either of man or of any other living thing, nor in that hour will you see anything of mortal affairs of earth, but rather you will see all immortal things. For in that day and hour you will see the divine order of the skies: the presiding gods rising into heaven, and others setting. Now the course of the visible gods will appear through the disk of god, my father; and in similar fashion the so-called “pipe,” the origin of the ministering wind. For you will see it hanging from the sun’s disk like a pipe. You will see the outflow of this object toward the regions westward, boundless as an east wind, if it be assigned to the regions of the East - and the other (= the west wind), similarly, toward its own regions. And you will see the gods staring intently at you and rushing at you.

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Mithras Liturgy 539-556


Meyer 1987, 214Meyer, Marvin W. The Ancient Mysteries. A Sourcebook. Sacred Texts of the Mystery Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean World. San Francisco: Harper 1987.

Amar Annus

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