Mitraism, Vishnuism, Eastern Judaism and the Antecedents of Buddhism and Christianity

 

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As shown by the name Sanghamitra, there were early Mitraic Sanghas in India at Sanchi and elsewhere which later merged with the Buddhist Sanghas.  Sanghamitra (Pali Sanghamitta) was the daughter of Asoka linked to the rise of Buddhism in modern Sri Lanka but the name Sanghamitta of a follower of the heretical doctrine of Vetullavada does point to the presence of different kinds of Sanghas. Incidentally Sanghamitta–vihara was a monastery in modern Sri Lanka restored by Aggabodhi.  

The name Sanghamitra literally means 'A Sangha of the the God Mitra' or 'friend of Sangha'

In the 2nd century CE, the Christian dogmatist Clement of Alexandria recognized Bactrian Buddhists (Sramanas) and Indian Gymnosophists for their influence on Greek thought.

The crucial role of Asoka in Hellenistic culture shows the importance of the east in the studies on Early Christianity. The importance of Sanchi in the Hellenistic phenomenon can be seen from that it is said to have been founded by Asoka.

 One characteristic of Christianity that uniquely  differentiates it from other religions is its belief in resurrection. Another important characteristic is its close affinity with Mithraism. Much has been written about the links of Buddhism with Christianity which

         However it is usually missed that Mitra was an Indian God and that Indian Mitraism is linked to Buddhism.

Religion of Cyrus can be called Mitraism

 

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