Figures such as Chrishna of Hindostan, Budha Sakia of India, Salivahana of Bermuda, Zulis and Orus of Egypt, Odin of the Scandinavians, Crite of Chaldea, Baal and Taut of Phoenecia, Indra of Tibet, Bali of Afganistan, Jao of Nepal, Wittoba of the Bilingonese, Thammuz of Syria, Atys of Phrygia, Xamolxis of Thrace, Adad of Assyria, Deva Tat and Sammonocadam of Siam, Alcides of Thebes, Mikado of the Sintoos, Beddru of Japan, Hesus or Eros and Bremrillah of the Druids, Thor of the Gauls, Cadmus and Adonis of Greece, Hil and Feta of the Mandaites, Gentaut and Quexalcote of Mexico, Universal Monarch of the Sibyls, Ischy of the island of Formosa, Divine teacher of Plato, the Holy One of Xaca, Fohi and Tien of China, Ixion and Quirinus of Rome, Prometheus of Caucasus were worshipped as Gods or sons of Gods and some were even crucified.
Worthy of note are these incredibly remarkable parallels:
Many early Christians celebrated Jesus’ birthday on January 6 which Armenian Christians still do. In Alexandria, present day Egypt, the birthday of their god-man, Aion, was also celebrated on January 6. Christians and most Pagans eventually settled for December 25 as the birthday of their god-man.
Baptism was a principal ritual; it washed away a person’s sins. In some rituals, Baptism was performed by sprinkling holy water on the believer; in others, the person was totally immersed.
Early Christians were naked when they were baptized. After immersion, they then put on white clothing and a crown. They carried a candle and walked in a procession to a basilica. Followers of Mithra were also baptized naked, put on white clothing and a crown, and walked in a procession to the temple. However, they carried torches.
At Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were recorded as speaking in tongues. At Trophonius and Delos, the Pagan priestesses also spoke in tongues: They appeared to speak in such a way that each person present heard her words in the observer’s own language.
There were many additional points of similarity between Mithraism and Christianity such that the greatest Christian theologian, St. Augustine even declared that the priests of Mithraism worshiped the same God as he did. Contemporary scholars like Alfred Adam have suggested that Manichaean ways of thinking influenced some of Augustine’s Christian ideas, such as the nature of good and evil, the idea of Hell, the division of groups into Elect, Hearers, and Sinners, the hostility to the flesh and sexual activity, and so on.
An inscription to Mithras reads: “He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made one with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.” 1 In John 6:53-54, Jesus is said to have repeated this theme: “…Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (KJV)
The Bible records that Jesus was crucified between two thieves. One went to heaven and the other to hell. In the Mithras mysteries, a common image showed Mithras flanked by two torchbearers, one on either side. One held a torch pointed upwards, the other downwards. This symbolized ascent to heaven or descent to hell.