It is also the belief of the Christian world that Mithra or the Sun-God was born of [a] Virgin. He has twelve satellites, which are taken as the Sun’s disciples….[The Sun’s] great festivals are observed in the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox—Christmas and Easter.
Cassius states that the dignitary worshipped Mithra; yet, he does not indicate any distinction between the Armenian’s religion and Roman Mithraism. Russell, professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, essentially proves that Roman Mithraism had its origins in not only Persian or Iranian Mithraism and Zoroastrianism but also in Armenian religion, dating back centuries before the common era.Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church.” Gerald Berry, ) in every house of the Hindus in India.Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity.By around 1500 BCE, Mitra worship had made it to the Near East, in the Indian kingdom of the Mitanni, who at that time occupied Assyria.Mitra worship, however, was known also by that time as far west as the Hittite kingdom, only a few hundred miles east of the Mediterranean, as is evidenced by the Hittite-Mitanni tablets found at Bogaz-Köy in what is now Turkey.