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Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 11:24:32 +1000 (EST)
From: David Duffy 
Subject: (urth) Latro and Mithra

I seem to remember earlier discussion of this.  Looking on various web
sites, Mithra was incorporated into Zoroastrianism as one of the holy
immortals aiding Ahura Mazda: "Mithra was a moral god, ...  His primary
responsibility was to the rightness of the action", "Lord of the
Contract".  He of course was popular later in Rome as Mithras, born on
December 25th, controls precession of the equinox (Ulansey), kills the
bull of the previous age, whose blood is drunk by worshippers (replaced
by bread and wine if bull is not on the menu).

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