The son of AHURA-MAZDA, he wages war against the Evil God AHRIMAN and helps keep the world safe from International Terrorism.
Apart from being a deity of light and goodness, in his spare time MITHRA also judges the souls of the dead, along with fellow goodies RASHNU and SRAOSHA.
Always a popular God, he was around long before Zoroastrianism kicked off but seemed quite happy to endorse this new religion. Meanwhile he was nicely integrated into the Vedic Hindu pantheon as a VARUNA’s best buddy and partner in worldwide security (see MITRA).
He outlasted most of his contemporaries, and cults devoted to him were still going strong in Roman times (see MITHRAS).
MITHRA has a thousand eyes and a thousand ears. So if you get the feeling you are under surveillance, you could be right.
Article last updated on 30 January 2014
by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
Cite this article:
Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "MITHRA: God of Light from Middle-Eastern mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 30 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 July 2014.