(Sorry Q, I didn't know if you were serious! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! ) Merry Mithras! http://youtube.com/watch?v=7-UI7IxgIIw Mithras Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! - A pagan deity originating from Hinduism in the Vedas, representing vegetation, and the "friendly" aspect of the Sun. Eventually, he became more war-like as he spread West as the Persians and Hittites used him. The Romans took Mithras from the Hittites - Members celebrated his birthday on December 25th (which was taken from an even older pagan holiday. The older pagan religions believed that if you survived the Winter Solstice on December 21st, it was God's will and it should be celebrated). - Had 12 disciples - Identified with both the lion and the lamb and as "the good shepherd", "savior", and "Messiah" - He could redeem souls into Heaven through a water purification ceremony (similar to baptism) - Members of the Mithras Cult symbolically ingested the body and blood of Mithras in a ceremonial concoction of bread and water (some reports use wine) - In the catacombs of Rome was found a statue of a baby Mithras seated on the lap of his virgin mother (similar to baby Jesus sitting on the lap of Mary) - Mithras was resurrected three days later after his death. Jesus Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! - Ummm... I'm too lazy so just take all the statement above and replace the word Mithras with Jesus and I think you got it. Note: When it came to religion, Romans were very religious tolerant because people belonged to many "faiths", none of which claimed to be the only way to Heaven. It was only Christianity that created dissent amongst the Roman populous with its very close-minded approach to salvation. The civil unrest cause by the Christians is one of the many reasons the Romans disliked them, and "put them before lions" and such.