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St. Nicholas of Myra
« on: March 16, 2020, 11:47:16 am »
The story told to gullible adults in the Netherlands and Belgium on the origins of Sinterklaas, is that he was based on St. Nicholas of Myra (located in what is now called Turkey)...…

Several things on Sinterklaas, Santa Claus look like a connection to Mithraism to me:
Sinterklaas wears a red hat (mijter).
St. Nicholas comes from Turkey.
Sinterklaas rides a white horse (schimmel); like St. George.
Christmas is staged on 25 December; the day the Romans celebrated the birth day of Mithras.
In Christmas festivities the Christmas tree is central; Sabazios was often pictured with a fir-cone.

On 25 December, the Romans also held festivities for the god Saturnus (Saturnalia).

See the following image of Mithras, dressed in red, with his white horse, 4th century AD: https://web.archive.org/web/20190201152719if_/https://i0.wp.com/archeowiesci.pl/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Hawarte-sciana.jpg
Compare this to Sinterklaas...
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Sinterklaas rides on a white horse (schimmel) and has black helpers (zwarte pieten).

Saint Nicholas de Myra was also the patron saint of sailors, merchants and... bankers!

The following fresco in the Santa Croce Basilica, Florence, shows that Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of bankers (that wonderful “charitable” institution). A man, wearing a green overcoat on top of a red coat, borrows money from a banker, in an orange coat.
As part of his promise to repay, he swears an oath on an image of Saint Nicholas (see the altarpiece of St. Nicholas in the background of the image on the right).

The connection between Saint Nicholas and moneylenders is still visible in the international icon of pawnbroking: 3 gold balls (similar to balls hanging in the Christmas tree?) referring to St. Nicholas providing a dowry to 3 poor girls.

The practice of the 3 gold balls hanging in front of the door of the money lenders was introduced by the Medici banking family of Florence, Italy, bankers for Charles Martel’s grandson Charlemagne. Schemes similar to modern-day pawnbroking, were advertised as donating money to the poor via low-interest loans.
In 1514, Pope Julius II declared Nikolaos of Myra patron saint of monetus pieatarius missions: http://jacozuijderduijn.wixsite.com/pastpensionados/single-post/2015/11/18/Saint-Nicholas-patron-saint-of-bankers

In Belgium the black helpers of Sinterklaas aren’t seen as black Africans (like the “zwarte piet” in  the Netherlands) but as the “oel” demons.

Also interesting is that the red “mijter” worn by Sinterklaas is really the mitra worn by the high priest, Pontifex Maximus, of Mithraism...
The mitra was originally based on the dagon hat worn by the priest in the Dagon, fish worshipping cult.

Nicholas of Myra was the the son of wealthy parents. When he was young, his parents died and his uncle, the local bishop, adopted him. Nicholas later became a priest and then also a bishop. In one of those strange coincidences, Nicholas even attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, convened by Roman Emperor Constantine, that would proclaim the Bible as the word of God.
St. Nicholas often gave gifts to the poor and died on 6 December 343 (aged 73): https://ahundredandfortycharactersisusuallyenough.wordpress.com/tag/sinterklaas/

According to an earlier attempt to explain Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, it was claimed that he did so after suffering from leprosy. In the 21th century, our wonderful history falsifiers have pushed another story, as Constantine didn’t suffer from leprosy...
This story reads, that in 312 Constantine was commanded in a dream on the eve of the battle to place the sign of Christ on the shields of his soldiers. So he chose the sign of Mithras – the cross?!?

Arius, a priest in Alexandria, taught that there was a time when Christ did not exist, so wasn’t co-eternal with the Father, and that the Son was subordinate to the Father and that the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are 3 different hypostaseis. Arius’s teachings were condemned and Arius was excommunicated in 318 by a council convened by the bishop of Alexandria Alexander.

Constantine then summoned the First Ecumenical Council of the church at Nicaea that started on 20 May 325. The council formulated the Nicene Creed, including the Trinity and that the Bible is “God’s word”. Arius was condemned for his dangerous teachings.
I don’t know if according to legend, Arius “turned the other cheek” but here’s a fresco showing St Nicholas of Myra slapping Arius in the face to stop him from talking at the First Council of Nicaea.

In a great example of Christianity, in 326 Constantine ordered the execution of his oldest son Crispus, who had come under suspicion of "being involved" with his stepmother Fausta. Later that year, soon after killing Crispus, Constantine also had Fausta, the mother of his other 3 sons, murdered: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy2/ps06/ps06_195.htm

Just about everything on Sinterklaas and Santa Claus is missing in the tales on St. Nicholas!


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