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The Truth Behind the Christ Myth: Ancient Origins of the Often Used Legend – Part I

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At the close of the Neolithic Age, when civilizations arose in place of a purely agrarian culture, the ancient legend of the Goddess and Green Man expanded and took on religious overtones. It became a standard myth that was annually recited and dramatically staged in the temples and the mystery schools of the new fledgling cities, nations and empires. A feature of its evolving storyline was that the Green Man now took on the additional role of King of the World, which he governed under the authority of his Earth mother. And in some renditions of the legend the Son was said to have met his death in the fall at the hands of his unscrupulous brother or a dark, evil lord. 

Ishtar and Tammuz

In the cities of Meopotamia the Neolithic legend transformed into the story of the Goddess as Inanna or Ishtar who annually gave birth to a Green Man Son and future king under the name of Dammuzi or Tammuz. It was said that Dammuzi/Tammuz grew up to mate with his own mother while also governing the Earth for her. In order that this ancient legend be reflected in their culture, the inhabitants of the Fertile Crescent enthroned rulers of their city-states who were acknowledged to be the embodiments of Dammuzi/Tammuz and the royal servants of Goddess Inanna/Ishtar.

“Unearthed in the main room of the palace of Arad. It depicts two almost identical images of a man with a branch- or sheaf shaped head, one lying down and the other standing. It may represent the fertility god Tammuz or a similar deity, who died in summer and was resurrected in spring, Museum of Israel.”

“Unearthed in the main room of the palace of Arad. It depicts two almost identical images of a man with a branch- or sheaf shaped head, one lying down and the other standing. It may represent the fertility god Tammuz or a similar deity, who died in summer and was resurrected in spring, Museum of Israel.” ( CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )

This was also true in Egypt, where the ruling pharaohs were regarded to be incarnations of Horus, the Son of Goddess Isis, and governed under her authority. But in the land of Khemit, although the spirit of the incumbent pharaoh was Horus, his physical body was formed by Seth, the god who governed the crystallization of energy into physical flesh. Together, Horus and Seth as the “Twins” created and comprised the physical body of the pharaoh, thus making the Egyptian monarchs modern representatives of the first and greatest king, Green Man Osiris.

Egyptian deity, Osiris as Green Man.

Egyptian deity, Osiris as Green Man. (Public Domain)

Like the ancient Green Man, Osiris was similarly said to die and become resurrected annually in concert with the life and death of nature’s vegetation. Osiris’s annual resurrection ceremony took place during the annual flood of the Nile River, when the first tender sprouts of nature initially stuck their fragile heads above the surface of the Earth.  

Semele and Dionysus

One version of Osiris’s popular Egyptian myth had him annually murdered by his jealous and evil brother Set each fall. This event was reflected in the legend of Osiris’s counterpart in Greece, Green Man Dionysus, who was annually slain by his relatives, the evil Titans, but later resurrected. Similar to Green Man Osiris, the mother of Dionysus was an Earth Goddess named Semele, meaning “Earth,” and his father was Zeus, the Father in Heaven.

Dionysus as the Green Man

Dionysus as the Green Man (Public Domain)

In order to awaken Dionysus from his slumber at the time of the Winter Solstice, female representatives of the Goddess would loudly bang pots and pans as they danced their way in ritual procession to the snowy summit of Mount Parnassus.  And then after receiving his new set of clothes at the following spring equinox, the Divine Son would cavort in nature along with his own reflection and alter-ego, Pan, a name meaning “the All,” as in “All of Nature.”

Like Osiris, Dionysus became the King of the World, and like his Egyptian counterpart, Dionysus was reputed to have once completely covered the globe while teaching his diverse subjects the art of making and ritually consuming wine.

A young Dionysus.

A young Dionysus. (Public Domain)

Wine made from grapes was recognized as the blood of nature, and since Dionysus was all of nature, it was his blood. Thus began the ritual of a holy communion through consuming the body and blood of the Divine Son. 

[Read Part II: The Truth Behind the Christ Myth: The Green Man and the Legend of Jesus ]

Mark Amaru Pinkham is the author of six books that cover any of the world’s mysteries. They include: The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom, The Truth Behind the Christ Myth, Guardians of the Holy Grail, World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization , and his most recent book , Sedona: City of the Star People .   See the entire catalogue at:


... Brian Immekus ... Very well said. Best comment I've read on here.Thank you.

Gee! I think you may have gotten ahead of the point! It is nice to inform us about Alpha males and then combine words from the movie Wyatt Earp. I am certain your not my huckleberry. I enjoy and appreciate hearing opinions, and we all have one. I just do not see a cogent point, but a rather a mixture of alpha chest thumping along with a Val Kilmer rendition from a movie. As far as I can tell, many things said were not meant to be taken literally. Perhaps, Jesus meant no way unto the father but through me, as in, my Way! Could it be he meant by his teachings and example.?Could his movement be called The Way? I believe Christ means anointed one, and I am not convinced we have enough information to be certain. If he was the anointed one, I never read where he called his teaching Christianity. Perhaps, the words were changed to let humans off the hook for personal responsibility.To empower certain individuals over others.I think it is clear you have to walk the teachings, and not just utter the words. I believe we can make it mean what we wish it to mean. Yet, by our situation in today's world, it is abundantly clear most do not walk The Way! I would say Green man and other so-called pagan beliefs were a natural way of seeing an order in the world that most have become disconnected from. The whole is one! It means the entire cosmos and all that it entails. I just do not think that any omnipotent source would have petty human biases and emotions.Why require such a rigid belief system.I have more questions than answers since I see no objective facts to support a concise opinion.

James K Hall

Geez, you rave on a bit. It's interesting that Christians read these articles when it seems to upset them so much. The Romans were not benevolent occupiers of Judea at the time of Jesus they were as vicious and brutal as they were in the all the other lands they occupied. Crucifixion and torture were daily events. The Romans occupied Judea from BC63. The 4-year annihilation of the people of Judea 66-70AD and destruction of their temple by Roman occupiers seems to be conveniently forgotten by the Christian church. How can anyone realistically believe a religion conceived by the Romans? The Romans stole the old testament and shuffled through the 50 or so gospels deciding which would suit their purpose for the new testament. The Gospels of Thomas, Phillip, Judas, and Mary clearly didn't make the cut, but they are real and have an alternative view. Mithra was a Roman god prior supplanting the same story onto Jesus. The Green Man analogy is entirely appropriate.


Why can't we read stories about the Green Man? Cause writing wasn't really happening back in that early time. And about Genesis predicting Jesus, did you ever see Star Wars? Notice how the sequel knew exactly what happened in the first movie? The New Testament is the sequel to the Old Testament. So of course the writers of that Testament knew exactly how to paint Jesus to look like the fulfillment of the prophecy of the OT. DUH! And in fact, the Church knew what was expected so well, they made any of the gospels (like Nag Hammedi) that didn't fit the scheme apocryphal or ditched them all together. There were many gospels written about Jesus, and they don't all agree. And both the OT and NT have contradictory parts. I like the idea of Jesus I like the words that were attributed to him in the NT. Thomas Jefferson like Jesus' words too, tho Jefferson didn't believe in that kind of god. He did appreciate the morality attributed to Jesus, so he made his own bible by stripping out everything but just the words attributed to Jesus. Unfortunately humans keep waiting for Jesus to save them, when the point of life is to learn how to save ourselves.


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