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A Christmas (Winter Solstice) story.
Mithra was a Persian/Indian god of the 6th century BC. Apparently, he was born of a virgin on December 25th (as were the gods Osiris, Horus, Marduk, Sol, Saturn, and Apollo), a birth witnessed by shepherds, and by gift-bearing Magi who had followed a falling star. [...] Like the god Attis, Mithra was sacrificed at the spring equinox, rose up after three days, and ascended to paradise. Mithra celebrated a Last Supper with his 12 disciples (representing the 12 signs of the zodiac). In memory of this, his worshippers would 'eat' their god in the form of wafers and bread...
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