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Better still - went to the heavens when his "mortal part" died to live with the gods.
More food for thought: The Twelve Labors of Hercules parallels the supposed miracles.
Now - fold into this all of the "pagan" customs that give christianity it's character (eggs, rabbits for fertility in the Spring, yule logs and tree lighting for winter, and of course gift giving for the festival of Janus). What you have here is an awful lot of circumstantial evidence of where and what inspired the whole thing, at least as we know it.
If you're really interested in the solar aspects of theogony, I'd recommend: [^]
David Wray is a world-class numismatist/scholar who specializes in ancient Mediterranean world symbolism, icons, cultural history. His book: "The Secret Roots of Christianity: Decoding Religious History with Symbols on Ancient Coins" is a masterpiece of scholarship overflowing with information on ancient trade-routes, geo-political struggles. the coming of Rome to world-domination. The book is written for a wider audience than professional scholars; it is NOT a book that promotes any religion, or attacks any religion. No ancient astronauts
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