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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: http://store.gnostictemplars.org/catalog/

Comments

This is pagan thought practised by Druids in Britain. They didn't write anything down!
However, their practices do oddly seem to have parallels with other cultures around the med. This makes a little more sense in this context. They had Apollo (the spear of light at summer solstice), I guess this is your green man. They also had a mother goddess (winter solstice). A fertility goddess (Aphrodite - birth of the day, east - spring equinox of equal day and night) and a goddess of the underworld/night (Artemis-mistress of animals - virgin, Athene type - representing night and autumn equinox - equal day and night).
It's a clever unified system as you can use these to represent cardinal direction, Seasons, day and night and length of the same, all together. Apollo south, mid-day (brightest light) and zenith at summer solstice. Mother goddess North, winter equinox shortest day. BTW this is also the main axis, the serpents refer to the Star constellations of Draco used to find the pole star and the serpent on the equator plane. Collectively, it all made sense.

Keeps Truth away.

My contribution coming up. The Bible and the Greek and Roman and Egyptian myths, everybodys in fact wherever you are, are NOT myths.
They are parables that record in well-disguised forms bro, the creation of Gods, Avatars (the top no 1 variety) Boddhisattvas and saints, through initiation, and subsequent reincarnation etc. The Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Tibetan book of the dead are scriptural guides to these processes. The best book on the subject was in french "La Divinisation de L'Homme, publishe pre-internet in France.

God Himself is ALWAYS incarnate in a human body on Earth ("Behold I am with you ALL DAYS unto the consummation of all things"), so just maybe our interests lie in His direction, though of course, you'll need to quit everything you now are for a few years and live a myth of your own to get to the Man.

The key to understand Christ is the your name original: Emannuel, means "God in Us".

I feel like a jerk saying this, but after doing research into the said things mentioned in your article I couldn't find them..The closest parallel I found was that Mithra (The one that wasn't the Greco-Roman mystery religion) was born of a stone, murdered a bull, and ate dinner with the divine.. As for the green man the only evidence that seems to be found is the use of him in architectural elements which quite a few believe to have been a real man that inspired the usage as such and just got engrained in people's minds, which then switched to animal heads around the 5th century AD.. I always look at evidence and try not to believe or refute it just at face value, but investigate further...This really isn't the "Mythos" of Jesus.

Absolutely agreed, there are various information sources on the flood in historical literature. Just because something is an older account doesn't mean that its the correct or even factual account.. After looking up the various things written about in this article, literally.. It shares nothing past A strange birth (Of a stone in Mithra's case), and.. If you want to draw conclusions Christ's crucifixion and Mithra killing a bull. Then he ate with the divine..So...Yeah definitely connected right there.. Green man? There is literally nothing at all to explain it outside of people's thoughts there is no story or any kind of text found to this day.

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