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Mithras

[mith-ras] /ˈmɪθ ræs/
noun, Persian Mythology
1.
the god of light and truth, later of the sun.
Also, Mithra
[mith-ruh] /ˈmɪθ rə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
< Latin < Greek Míthrās < Old Persian Mithra
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Mithras

/ˈmɪθræs/
noun
1.
(Persian myth) the god of light, identified with the sun, who slew a primordial bull and fertilized the world with its blood
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Word Origin and History for Mithras
Mithras
Persian god of light, 1550s, from L., from Gk. Mithras, from Avestan Mithra-, from Indo-Iranian *mitram "contract," whence *mitras "contractual partner, friend," conceptualized as a god, or, according to Kent, first the epithet of a divinity and eventually his name; from PIE base *mei- "to bind" (see mitre). Related to Skt. Mitrah, a Vedic deity associated with Varuna. "His name is one of the earliest Indic words we possess, being found in clay tablets from Anatolia dating to about 1500 B.C." [Calvert Watkins, "Dictionary of Indo-European Roots," 2000].
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