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
, Perseus 125; of Mercury,
, Apollo 126; of Quetzalcoatle,
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,"
Confusion of Tongues, the "Scripture" account of, 33; the Armenian tradition,
35; the Hindoo legend of,
35; the Mexican legend of,
Constantine (Saint), the first emperor to check free thought, Roman 444; accepts the Christian faith,
444; commits murders,
444; baptized on his death-bed,
445; the first
emperor who embraced the Christian faith, Roman 446; his edicts against heretics,
446; his effigies engraved on
coins, Roman 446; conferred dignities on the Christians,
Coronis, the mother of Æsculapius, 128; impregnated by a god,
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,
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,
and Adonis believed to be, Prometheus 249.
Creed, the Apostles', 385; compared with the Pagan,
385; not known before the fourth century,
385; additions to since A. D. 600,
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,
Cross, the, used as a religious symbol before the Christian era, 338;
adored in India, [Pg 574] 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,
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,
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,
Dag, a, Hercules swallowed up by, 78.
Dagon, a fish-god of the Philistines, 82; identical with the Indian fish Avatar of Vishnu,
, a "Virgin Mother," Danae 124.
Dangerous Child, the, myth of, 165.
, a personification of the morning, Daphne 469.
Darkness, at crucifixion of Jesus, 206; parallels to,
206-210; the, explained,
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 's tomb at, Apollo 510.
Deluge, the, Hebrew legend of, 19; parallels to,
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.
, the legend of, Deucalion 26; derived from Chaldean sources,
Devaki, a virgin mother, 326.
Devil, the, counterfeits the religion of Christ, 124; formerly a name of the Supreme Being,
, called "Mother," yet famed for her virginity, Diana 333.
, a name of Bacchus, Dionysus 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,
Divus, the title of, given to emperors, Roman 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,
Dragon, a, protected the garden of the , Hesperides 11; the cherub of Genesis,
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,
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
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,
Edda, the, of the Scandinavians speaks of the "Golden" Age, 15; describes the deluge,
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,
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,
El, the Phenician deity, 484; called the "Saviour,"
Elephant, the, a symbol of power and wisdom, 117; cut on the fire tower at Brechin, in Scotland,
198; in America,
Eleusinian, the, Mysteries, 310.
Eleusis, the ceremonies at, 310.
Elijah ascends to heaven, 90; its parallel,
Elohistic, the, narrative of the Creation and Deluge differs from the Jehovistic, 93.
Elysium, the, of the Greeks, 11; meaning of,
Emperors, the, of Rome considered divine, 126.
Eocene period, the, 29.
Eostre, or Oster, the Saxon Goddess, 226, 227.
, the first man, brother of Epimetheus , 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,
Etruscan, baptism, 320; Goddess,
Etruscans, the, had a legend of creation similar to Hebrew, 75; performed the rite of baptism,
320; worshiped a "Virgin Mother,"
Eucharist, the, or Lord's Supper, 305; instituted before the Christian era,
305; performed by various ancient nations,
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,
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