A cave under a Byzantine church in the Syrian village of Hurrarte reveals insight into the cult of Mithras.
The Mithrae religion was secret; the inexistence of texts describing its mythology has placed this cult among the unknowns of history. The paintings covering the walls of the cave of Hurrarte are rare indicators of what this religion may have preached. "It seems that Mithrae was born as an adult from a rock," says Gawlikowski "and after chasing the bull and killing it in a cave he shared his meal with another divinity representing the Sun." This sacred meal pictured on the walls became a ritual to be practiced by the followers of this religion, as discoveries in the cave in Syria have shown.
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