Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to the son of god, born of a virgin on December 25, and who later died and was resurrected, to save humanity from sin! I am of course talking about Mithras! Who, you ask? Sorry, most of you know Christmas as the birthday of Jesus. But actually, it was the birthday of Mithras, who existed thousands of years before Jesus. Mithras was a pagan god in Persia who made his way to Rome, becoming, for awhile, its dominant religion. Somehow the Jesus story got mixed in with the Mithras legends. Constantine especially seemed to enjoy synthesizing as a many religions as possible to keep everyone happy, so perhaps he was the culprit. In either sense, every December 25, when you celebrate the birth of Jesus, you are actually violating the First Commandment: "Thou shalt not have any gods before me." I hate to be the one to tell you that you're going to hell on Christmas, but alas, I thought you should know. Perhaps this clip on the subject with help soften the blow with some very typically British humor: Christianity And Mithras.
Jay Jordan Hawke is author of the Two-spirit Chronicles, which includes: Pukawiss the Outcast, A Scout is Brave, and Onwaachige the Dreamer.