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Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions Being a Comparison of the Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles with those of the Heathen Nations of Antiquity Considering also their Origin and Meaning

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124;
  • of Bacchus, 125;
  • of Perseus, 125;
  • of Mercury, 126;
  • Apollo, 126;
  • of Quetzalcoatle, 129.
  • Confession, the, of sins, of Pagan origin, 403.
  • Confirmation, the, of children, of Pagan origin, 319.
  • Confucius, was of supernatural origin, 121;
  • had seventy-two disciples, 121;
  • author of the "Golden Rule," 415.
  • Confusion of Tongues, the "Scripture" account of, 33;
  • the Armenian tradition, 35;
  • the Hindoo legend of, 35;
  • the Mexican legend of, 36.
  • Constantine (Saint), the first Roman emperor to check free thought, 444;
  • accepts the Christian faith, 444;
  • commits murders, 444;
  • baptized on his death-bed, 445;
  • the first Roman emperor who embraced the Christian faith, 446;
  • his edicts against heretics, 446;
  • his effigies engraved on Roman coins, 446;
  • conferred dignities on the Christians, 446.
  • Coronis, the mother of Æsculapius, 128;
  • impregnated by a god, 128.
  • Creation, the, Hebrew legend of, 1;
  • two different and contradictory accounts of, 5;
  • Bishop Colenso on, 5;
  • Persian legend of, 7;
  • Etruscan legend of, 7;
  • Hebrew legend of, borrowed from Chaldeans, 98.
  • Creator, the, Jesus considered, 247;
  • Crishna, according to the Hindoos, 247;
  • Lauther, according to the Chinese, 248;
  • Iao, according to the Chaldeans, 248;
  • Ormuzd, according to the Persians, 249;
  • Narduk, according to the Assyrians, 249;
  • Adonis and Prometheus believed to be, 249.
  • Creed, the Apostles', 385;
  • compared with the Pagan, 385;
  • not known before the fourth century, 385;
  • additions to since A. D. 600, 385.
  • Crescent, the, an emblem of the female generative principle, 328.
  • Crèstos, the, was the Logos, 487.
  • Crishna, born of the Virgin Devaki, 113;
  • the greatest of all the Avatars, 113;
  • is "Vishnu himself in human form," 113;
  • his birth announced in the heavens by a star, 278;
  • spoke to his mother shortly after birth, 279;
  • adored by cowherds, 279;
  • presented with gifts, 279;
  • was of royal descent, 280;
  • performed miracles, 281;
  • was crucified, 280;
  • descended into hell, 282;
  • rose from the dead, 282;
  • a personification of the sun, 483.
  • Cross, the, used as a religious symbol before the Christian era, 338;
  • [Pg 574]adored in India, 340;
  • adored by the Buddhists of Thibet, 340;
  • found on Egyptian monuments, 342;
  • found under the temple of Serapis, 342;
  • universally adored before the Christian era, 339-347.
  • Crucifixes, the earliest Christian, described, 203-205.
  • Crucifixion, the, of Jesus, 180;
  • of "Saviours" before the Christian era, 181-193;
  • of all the gods, explained, 484, 485.
  • Crux Ansata, the, of Egypt, 341.
  • Cuneiform Inscriptions, the, of Babylonians, relate the legends of creation and fall of man, 9, 98.
  • Cybele, the goddess, called "Mother of God," 333.
  • Cyril, St., caused the death of Hypatia, 440.
  • Cyrus, king of Persia, 127;
  • considered divine, 127;
  • called the "Christ," 127, 196;
  • believed to be the Messiah, 433;
  • sun myth added to the history of, 506.
  • D.
  • Dag, a, Hercules swallowed up by, 78.
  • Dagon, a fish-god of the Philistines, 82;
  • identical with the Indian fish Avatar of Vishnu, 82.
  • Danae, a "Virgin Mother," 124.
  • Dangerous Child, the, myth of, 165.
  • Daphne, a personification of the morning, 469.
  • Darkness, at crucifixion of Jesus, 206;
  • parallels to, 206-210;
  • the, explained, 494.
  • David, killed Goliath, 90;
  • compared with Thor, 91.
  • Dawn, the, personified, and called Aditi, the "Mother of the Gods," 475.
  • Day, the, swallowed up by night, 79.
  • December 25th, birth-day of the gods, 359.
  • Delphi, Apollo's tomb at, 510.
  • Deluge, the, Hebrew legend of, 19;
  • parallels to, 20-30.
  • Demi-gods, the, of antiquity not real personages, 467.
  • Demons, cast out, by Jews and Gentiles, 269.
  • Denis, St., is Dionysus, 399.
  • Deo Soli, pictures of the Virgin inscribed with the words, 338.
  • Derceto, the goddess, represented as a mermaid, 83.
  • Deucalion, the legend of, 26;
  • derived from Chaldean sources, 101.
  • Devaki, a virgin mother, 326.
  • Devil, the, counterfeits the religion of Christ, 124;
  • formerly a name of the Supreme Being, 391.
  • Diana, called "Mother," yet famed for her virginity, 333.
  • Dionysus, a name of Bacchus, 51.
  • Divine incarnation, the idea of redemption by a, was general and popular among the Heathen, 183.
  • Divine incarnations, common before the time of Jesus, 112.
  • Divine Love, crucified, 484;
  • the sun, 487.
  • Divus, the title of, given to Roman emperors, 125.
  • Docetes, Asiatic Christians who invented the phantastic system, 136.
  • Dove, the, a symbol of the Holy Ghost among all nations of antiquity, 357;
  • the, crucified, 485.
  • Dragon, a, protected the garden of the Hesperides, 11;
  • the cherub of Genesis, 14.
  • Drama of Life, the, 29.
  • Druids, the, of Gaul, worshiped the Virgo-Paritura as the Mother of God, 333.
  • Durga, a fish deity among the Hindoos, 82.
  • Dyaus, the Heavenly Father, 478;
  • a personification of the sky, 478.
  • E.
  • East, turning to in worship, practiced by Christians, 503.
  • Easter, origin of, 226;
  • observed in China, 227;
  • controversies about, 227;
  • dyed eggs on, of Pagan origin, 228;
  • the primitive was celebrated on March 25th, 335.
  • Eating, the forbidden fruit, the story of, figurative, 101.
  • Ebionites, the first Christians called, 134.
  • Ecclesiastics, the Essenes called, 424.
  • [Pg 575]Eclectics, the Essenes called, 424.
  • Eclipse, an, of the Sun, occurred at the death of Jesus, 206;
  • of Romulus, 207;
  • of Julius Cæsar, 207;
  • of Æsculapius, 208;
  • of Hercules, 208;
  • of Quirinius, 208.
  • Edda, the, of the Scandinavians speaks of the "Golden" Age, 15;
  • describes the deluge, 27.
  • Egypt, legend of the Deluge not known in, 23;
  • the Exodus from, 48;
  • circumcision practiced in, 85;
  • virgin-born gods worshiped in, 122;
  • kings of considered gods, 123;
  • Virgin Mother worshiped in, 329, 330;
  • the cross adored in, 341.
  • Egyptian faith, hardly an idea in the Christian system which has not its analogy in the, 414.
  • Egyptian kings considered gods, 123.
  • Egyptians, the, had a legend of the "Tree of Life," 12;
  • received their laws direct from God, 60;
  • practiced circumcision at an early period, 85;
  • were great astrologers, 142;
  • were familiar with the war in heaven, 387.
  • El, the Phenician deity, 484;
  • called the "Saviour," 484.
  • Elephant, the, a symbol of power and wisdom, 117;
  • cut on the fire tower at Brechin, in Scotland, 198;
  • in America, 537.
  • Eleusinian, the, Mysteries, 310.
  • Eleusis, the ceremonies at, 310.
  • Elijah ascends to heaven, 90;
  • its parallel, 90.
  • Elohistic, the, narrative of the Creation and Deluge differs from the Jehovistic, 93.
  • Elysium, the, of the Greeks, 11;
  • meaning of, 101.
  • Emperors, the, of Rome considered divine, 126.
  • Eocene period, the, 29.
  • Eostre, or Oster, the Saxon Goddess, 226, 227.
  • Epimetheus, the first man, brother of Prometheus, 10.
  • Equinox, at the Spring, most nations set apart a day to implore the blessings of their gods, 492.
  • Esdras, the apocryphal book of, 95.
  • Essenes, the, and the Therapeutæ the same, 419;
  • the origin of not known, 419;
  • compared with the primitive Christians, 420;
  • their principal rites connected with the East, 423;
  • the "Scriptures" of, 443.
  • Etruscan, baptism, 320;
  • Goddess, 330.
  • Etruscans, the, had a legend of creation similar to Hebrew, 75;
  • performed the rite of baptism, 320;
  • worshiped a "Virgin Mother," 330.
  • Eucharist, the, or Lord's Supper, 305;
  • instituted before the Christian era, 305;
  • performed by various ancient nations, 305-312.
  • Eudes, the, of California, worshiped a mediating deity, 131.
  • Eusebius, speaks of the Ebionites, 134;
  • of Easter, 226;
  • of Simon Magus, 265;
  • of Menander the "Wonder Worker," 266;
  • of an "ancient custom" among the Christians, 316;
  • the birth of Jesus, 361;
  • calls the Essenes Christians, 422.
  • Eve, the first woman, 3.
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