Aryan Sun-Myths the Origin of Religions by Charles Morris

By Charles Morris

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Of nate the tribe. " magnificent procession accompanied the child to the temple, com- posed of gods, cloud nymphs, etc. Buddha's parents miss the boy one day ; and after searching for him far and near, they find him in an assembly of rishis his discourses (sages of the past) and marvel who listen to at his understanding. 52 Buddha, before entering upon his mission, meets Brahman Rudraka, a mighty preacher, who, the however, offers to become his disciple. Some of Rudraka's followers secede to Buddha, but leave him when they find that he does not observe the fasts.

Name being given to the ancient Persians believed a The that they were tainted with original sin, owing to the fall of their first parents, who were tempted by the Evil One, in the form of a serpent. Indeed, their legends of the Creation nal abode of man of Heden^ the origiLife, are almost and the River of and Garden of Eden, contained in Genesis. They had a legend of a Deluge, and also a legend that is similar identical with the account of the Creation to the The Hebrew story of Jonah. ) was known to them; and was simply a myth, which represented the conflict between day and night, sunshine and storm.

33 to be the resurrection of the Sun from Hades or the At the vernal equinox, at Easter, the Sun has been below the equator and suddenly rises above it. It rises triumphant over the powers of grave. The darkness and cold. Sun resurrection of the generally celebrated on the twenty-fifth of March, when the return of spring may be said to be the result of the return of the Sun, from the lower was it had departed. There were numerous symbols which were held as sacred to the Sun, the most common being the The Serfish, the lamb, the cross, and the serpent.

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