Reviewed by David Rankine for the Esoteric Book Review.
"Top end of publications being produced today"
Volume II follows the same format, and Section 1 starts with the essay Factors determining the outside projection of the Mithraic Mysteries by Dr Israel Campos Mendes. This paper focuses on the social factors within the Mithraic mysteries, including their relevance within the Roman legion structure. By concentrating on the social dynamic we are reminded of the function of the mystery cult beyond the mystery, and this is a thought-provoking paper. The next essay is The Mithras Liturgy: cult liturgy, religious ritual, or magical theurgy? by Kim Huggens. By studying the evidence Kim Huggens argues convincingly and precisely that the ritual may well be a rite for use by magicians who had ascended through the seven grades.
Section 2 includes more images from the For example Mithras exhibition by Farangis Yegane, as well as a striking Mithras-Phanes image by James Rodriguez, photographs of the Temple of Mithra in Garni (Armenia) by Jalil Nozariand a depiction of Mithras by Robert Kavjian. Section 3 contains a range of invocations and poetry to entrance and delight the reader. These include a Mithras Sol Invictus invocation by M. Hajduk, a translation of Sappho's Ode to Aphrodite by Harita Meenee, and the poems Norooz Phiroze by Farida Bamji, Disappearing Shrines and Moving Shrines by S. David, and The Sleeping Lord by Katherine Sutherland. This section reaches a climax with Payam Nabarz's article The right handed handshake of the Gods, emphasising the significance of this act through the ages, as well as Mithra's role as god of contracts and agreements.
These readers represent the top end of the publications being produced today, exploring as they do the latest academic thought, artistic impressions and personal experiences, presented in three streams which each offer their own flavour and pleasures. In a field where rehashing third hand and lack of originality is all too common, these works are a refreshing change and well worth purchasing for your bookshelf, to be stored on the shelves for books that actually get read! -- From Esoteric Book Review