An extraordinary book that looks at one of the greatest cover-ups in history.
The myth of Dionysus bears startling resemblances to the the story of Jesus Christ. It compares with the biblical story in the following ways:
• Dionysus is God made flesh and is hailed as the ‘Saviour of Mankind’ and the ‘Son of God’
• His father is God and and his mother is a mortal virgin who afterwards becomes worshipped as the ‘Mother of God’
• He is born in a cowshed
• He drives out demons, turns water into wine and and raises people from the dead
• He rides triumphantly into town while people wave palms to honour him
The date revered by the first Christians as Jesus’ birthday was originally that of Dionysus, also the three day Spring Festival of Dionysus celebrating his death and resurrection coincides with the Christian festival of Easter. The last Supper and the Eucharist are also parallel Dionysian rites.
This is not common knowledge as the story was a closely guarded secret of the Pagan mysteries. Secondly the evidence of Christianity’s pagan roots were systematically covered up the Roman Church.
The comparisons between the the Christian story and the Dionysian myths have been mentioned by many scholars. Tim Freke and Peter Gandy have taken the next step and thought the unthinkable – that Christianity was a Jewish Mystery School modelled on the ancient Pagan mysteries.
In writing this book the authors are in no way wishing to diminish the Christian tradition, but are placing it within its true spirtual context. This book does challenge the views of the Christian fundamentalists, but it will be welcomed by many others Christians who have have known of the interconnectedness of Christianity with other ancient spiritual traditions.
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Peter Gandy is a classical scholar with a particular interest in ancient Western spiritual traditions. He is currently studying for an MA in classical civilization at London University. He has been researching this subject intensively for over 5 years. He is the author of ‘The Complete Guide to World Mysticism’ and ‘Hermetica’.
Tim Freke is an authority on world spirituality. His books include: The Illustrated World Scriptures, Tao Te Ching and Principles of Native American Spirituality. He worked with Alan Aeira on the famous documentary on the Kogi people of Colombia.
The crucified figure on the cover of this book looks like Jesus Christ, but is actually Osiris-Dionysus – a pagan saviour whose story may sound familiar.
• Osiris-Dionysus is the 'Son of God' and a mortal Virgin Mother
• he is born on 25 December before three shepherds
• His followers are 'born again' through the rites of baptism
• He miraculously turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony
• He dies at Easter time as a sacrifice for the sins of the world
• He descends to Hell, and resurrects on the third day
• He ascends to Heaven in glory and will come again
• His followers celebrated a Eucharist of bread and wine representing his body and blood
This ground-breaking book presents overwhelming evidence that the story of Jesus is a Jewish adaptation of ancient Pagan myth. It shows that the first Christians knew the gospels were not historical reports, but spiritual allegory encoding secret mystical teachings. Drawing on the cutting edge of modern scholarship, it proposes a startling new account of the origins of Christianity and exposes how the truth has been kept from us by the greatest cover-up of all time. The author's astonishing discoveries cannot be ignored. History will never be the same again.
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Descrizione libro THORSONS, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110722536763
Descrizione libro Thorsons Publishing Group Ltd. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0722536763 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0366851
Descrizione libro THORSONS, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0722536763