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The celebration of this cycle of death and renewal was one of the major festivals of the metroac cult. Attis therefore represented a promise of reborn life and as such it is not surprising that we find representations of the so-called mourning Attis as a common tomb motif in the ancient world. The parallel, albeit at a superficial level, between this myth and the account of the resurrection of Christ is clear. Moreover Attis as a shepherd occupies a favourite Christian image of Christ as the good shepherd.

131 Lactantius, 245. 127 36 Julian “the Apostate” (331/332-363 AD/CE), the latter of whom said that both Apollo and Attis were “closely 132 linked with Helios,” the older Greek sun god. Death of Attis (Archaeological Museum of Ostia, Rome) Tomb/Three Days/Resurrected: We have already seen Dr. Fear’s commentary that Attis was dead for three days and was resurrected, worth reiterating here: The youthful Attis after his murder was miraculously brought to life again three days after his demise. The celebration of this cycle of death and renewal was one of the major festivals of the metroac cult.

195 De Jong, 172. 196 Berry, 57. 197 Nabarz, 25. 198 Meyer, 199. 199 CE, X, 404. 200 Berry, 57. 201 Ezquerra, 409. , VII, 419. 203 Gonda, 131. 192 50 (23) “The fact of the matter is there are numerous saviors, from different periods, from all over the world, which subscribe to these general characteristics. The question remains: why these attributes, why the virgin birth on December 25th, why dead for three days and the inevitable resurrection, why 12 disciples or followers? To find out, let’s examine the most recent of the solar messiahs.

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