I sometimes think that adults are even more gullible than children.
According to the official story (for adults): Santa Claus is based on the Dutch, Belgian Sinterklaas, who in turn was based on St. Nicholas of Myra (located in what is now called Turkey)...
I investigated the origins of Sinterklaas, Santa Claus because I saw several things that look like a connection to Mithraism:
Sinterklaas wears a red hat (mijter).
St. Nicholas comes from Turkey.
Sinterklaas rides a white horse (schimmel); like St. George.
Christmas is staged on 25 December; the day the Romans celebrated the birth day of Mithras.
In Christmas festivities the Christmas tree is central; Sabazios was often pictured with a fir-cone.
On 25 December, the Romans also held festivities for the god Saturnus (Saturnalia).
See the following image of Mithras, dressed in red, with his white horse, 4th century AD.
Compare this to Sinterklaas...
Firestarter wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:12 pm
Sinterklaas rides on a white horse (schimmel) and has black helpers (zwarte pieten).
In Belgium the black helpers of Sinterklaas aren’t seen as black Africans (like the “zwarte piet” in the Netherlands) but as the “oel” demons.
Also interesting is that the red “mijter” worn by Sinterklaas is really the mitra worn by the high priest, Pontifex Maximus, of Mithraism...
The mitra was originally based on the dagon hat worn by the priest in the Dagon, fish worshipping cult.
Nicholas of Myra was the the son of wealthy parents. When he was young, his parents died and his uncle, the local bishop, adopted him. Nicholas later became a priest and then also a bishop. In one of those strange coincidences, Nicholas even attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, convened by Roman Emperor Constantine, that would proclaim the Bible as the word of God.
St. Nicholas often gave gifts to the poor and died on 6 December 343 (aged 73): https://ahundredandfortycharactersisusu ... nterklaas/
What is missing in St. Nicholas is just about everything in the tale of Sinterklaas and Santa Claus.
It looks like the tale of Sinterklaas was mostly based on the Norse God Odin (the tale of Santa Claus changed his home to the North Pole). One of Odin's most popular titles is – Allfather.
Odin had a long white beard (one eye) and sometimes visited earth, in disguise, in a cloak and broad-brimmed hat or hood. See on the left an early image of Santa Claus and on the right Odin...
Most historians agree that many of our Christmas traditions come from the ancient Norse festival known as Yule or Yuletide. The Norse sang Yule carols with their children singing from door-to-door wearing masks.
Vikings in Yule decorated trees with food, gifts, and small carvings. The Christmas tree could also be a reference to the Persian Tree of life...
Loki, the god of mischief and misfortune murdered the god Baldur, with a spear made from mistletoe. The Mistletoe berries later became a symbol of love in the same story, hence the tradition of kissing under it...
Norse stories sometimes describe Odin flying through the sky on a chariot pulled by his 8-legged flying white horse Sleipnir, visiting homes in the middle of the night and leaving gifts for children in their boots by the fireplace during the Yule season. Odin also rode in a flying chariot (or sleigh) pulled by Sleipnir.
Originally Santa’s single horse pulled his sleigh. This only became 8 reindeer after “Twas the Night Before Christmas
In anticipation of Odin’s return from the Great Hunt, the Yule, Norse children left their boots stuffed with straw by the fireplace. In the morning Odin had taken the straw and left sweets and presents in the boots.
Odin’s 2 ravens, Huginn and Muninn, were his eyes and ears and always watching the Vikings (like Mithras). Ravens also play an important role in Mithraism: https://sonsofvikings.com/blogs/history ... traditions
(archived here: http://web.archive.org/web/201902011504 ... traditions
notmartha wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:17 pm
But now the "newspeak" definition of "crèche" is:
"a model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ's birth, displayed in homes or public places at Christmas."
Another interesting tale is that Saint Francis of Assisi was the first to recreate the nativity scene of Jesus in Greccio, Italy on Christmas Eve 1223 in a cave (worshipping the birth of Mithras in a cave?).
After St. Francis' death this custom became widespread: https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/ ... ity-scene/