Mithra

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Etymology[edit]

From Avestan 𐬨𐬌𐬚𐬭𐬀 ‎(Miθra); see there for further etymology.

Compare Sanskrit-derived Mitra.

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Mithra

  1. a particular divinity (yazata) in Zoroastrianism and later Iranian history and culture, the hypostasis of "contract", "oath".
  2. (rare, esoterica, hyperforeign) Roman Mithras.
    • 1991, Robert Schilling, "Roman Religion", Roman and European Mythologies, UChicago Press, p. 67.
      (English language translation of a French text)
      The cult of Mithra had been spread by soldiers and had thrived particularly in the frontier provinces of the empire.
    • 2008, James Patrick Holding, Shattering the Christ Myth, Xulon Press, p. 202
      The Roman Mithra was best known for his act of slaying a bull; yet there is no indication that the Iranian Mithra ever made his way into a bullpen for any reason. The Roman Mithra didn't appear at all interested in contract enforcement or escorting demons into hell.

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