It is the third day of December, only twenty-two days remain till the celebration of
Mithra begins (Cunningham, 197). Myself and a few of my army comrades have big plans
for this upcoming occasion, it is just a shame though that some of our fellow country men,
and our own wives even, are trying to spoil our Mithristic festivities.
It seems the beliefs of Mithra are becoming quite unpopular in Rome. Only a small
portion of my fellow soldiers still belong to the brotherhood, and the soldiers are the only
ones who follow the ways of Mithra. Most of the Roman people will not even admit of an
existence of my religion, women do not like it because they are not aloud to partake in it
(197). That is for their own good though, Mithraism is not meant for women or the weak,
their are some things they just can not understand.
No, the people of this land do not believe in Mithraism, but they do have their own
god to worship. In fact it is all my wife can speak of, this Christianity. The faith the
people of Rome are demonstrating for this man Jesus and his teachings is very uncanny,
and it is only hurting my creed.
The nerve these Christians have, putting their most holy of days on the same day as
ours (197). This must be some sort of conspiracy in trying to finish off a dying religion.
If that is not enough, they even tore down my place of worship and built a church of their
own in place of it (197). Now I must travel two hours by horse just to fulfill my spiritual
My wife, she cannot understand anything. We argue continuously over how to
raise our son. Before my church was torn down there was little to fuss over, now all she
does is complain. She says that it is to far of a trip for him to journey with me every week,
and that he should go with her to the Christian church. She also protests that our ways
are to barbaric, and he should not take part in some of its activities.
She is in great dismay over what I have in store for our young lad this coming
twenty-fifth. In my religion only men can join, and the men must follow certain rites of
passage to be aloud to enter. One of the more important rites is the sacrifice of a bull
(197). She believes that she is going to take him to her chuch in celebration of the
Christian god Jesus. The sacrifice of a bull is what I had in store for my son this twenty-
fifth, and it is what he will do regardless of what my wife says.
I think I know why this Christian religion is gaining so much popularity in Rome,
and the answer is jealousy. Anyone can be a Christian; a woman, a man, a child, etc. But
only a man who completes the rites of passage may become one under the care of Mithra
(197). After all, from what my wife tells me, our religions are quite similar. Both
religions have "a dying and reborn god; a kind of baptism; a ceremonial meal; and so on"
(197). It almost seems to me as if the Christians have taken Mithraism, incorporated what
it likes from it and put it in there own religion to make it more convenient and accepted
for everyone. There can be no honor in such a religion.
My wife tells me to leave my religion, that in the eyes of the Christians Mithraism
is "a demonic parody"(197). I can only laugh at her and her religion, I just can not get it
through her head that I am a follower of Mithra for life. It is my faith in Mithra that gives
me the strength to be such a great warrior for my home land of Rome. It is this same faith
that my son shall one day have when he too is a great warrior for the Roman Empire.
If this Christianity prevails through the masses in the future, and the followers of
Mithraism become extinct, bad things will happen. I foresee a very weak army defending
a weak and corrupted Empire. Hopefully neither my son nor myself will ever see such a
day, but I cringe when I think my grandchildren will be worshipping a Christian God .
Cunningham, Lawrence S. and Reich, John J. Culture and Values: A Survey of Western
Humanities. Hardcourt Brace College Publishers. Fort Worth, 1982.
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