by Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
excerpted from "Suns of God:
Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled"
What is The
Real "Reason for The Season?"
The December 25th birthday of the sun god is a common motif
globally, dating back at least 12,000 years as reflected in winter
solstices artfully recorded in caves.
"Nearly all nations," says Doane, commemorated the birth of the
god Sol to the "Queen of
Heaven" and "Celestial Virgin."
The winter solstice was celebrated
in countless places, including China and Persia, the latter
regarding the solar Lord and Savior Mithra's birth.
In Rome, a great
festival called "Saturnalia" was celebrated from December 1st to the
23rd. The winter solstice festival in Egypt included the babe in a
manger brought out of the sanctuary.
Regarding the date of the "Christmas Feast," the Catholic
Encyclopedia ("Christmas") remarks:
The well-known solar feast... of
Natalis Invicti, celebrated on 25 December, has a strong claim
on the responsibility for our December date....
The earliest rapprochement of the births of Christ and the sun
is in Cypr., "De pasch. Comp.", xix,
"...O, how wonderfully
acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was
born... Christ should be born."
In the fourth century,
Chrysostom, "del Solst. Et Æquin." (II, p. 118, ed. 1588), says:
"...But Our Lord, too, is born in the month of December... the
eight before the calends of January [25 December]... But they
call it the 'Birthday of the Unconquered'. Who indeed is so
unconquered as Our Lord...? Or, if they say that it is the
birthday of the Sun, He is the Sun of Justice."
Tertullian (Apol., 16; cf. Ad. Nat., I, 13; Orig. c. Cels.,
VIII, 67, etc) had to assert that Sol was not the Christians'
God; Augustine (Tract xxxiv, in Joan. In P. L., XXXV, 1652)
denounces the heretical identification of Christ with Sol.
Leo I (Serm. xxxvii in nat. dom., VII, 4; xxii, II, 6 in P. L.,
LIV, 218 and 198) bitterly reproves solar survivals - Christians,
on the very doorstep of the Apostles' basilica, turn to adore
the rising sun.
Ancient Greeks celebrated the birthday
of Hercules and Dionysus on this date, as the ancient authority
Macrobius (c. 400 AD/CE) maintained.
Even the Greek father god,
Zeus, was supposedly born at the winter solstice. The "Christmas"
festival was celebrated at Athens and was called "the Lenaea,"
during which time, apparently,
"the death and rebirth of the harvest
infant Dionysus were similarly dramatized."
This Lenaea festival
("festival of the wild women" or menaeds) is
depicted in an Aurignacian cave-painting in Spain, with a,
Dionysus with huge genitals," standing naked in the middle of "nine
Aurignacian period extended from 34,000 to
23,000 years ago.
The White Goddess mythologist
The most ancient surviving record of
European religious practices is an Aurignacian cave-painting at
Cogul in North-Eastern Spain of the Old Stone Age Lenaea.
Cave painting at
Roca dels Moros at El Cogul, Lerida
young Dionysus with huge genitals stands un-armed, alone and
exhausted in the middle of a crescent of nine dancing women, who
He is naked, except for what appear to be a pair of
close-fitting boots laced at the knee; they are fully clothed
and wear small cone-shaped hats. These wild women,
differentiated by their figures and details of their dress, grow
progressively older as one looks clock-wise around the
By using the term "Dionysus," Graves is
not stating that it was written on the walls of the cave. He is
using it to describe an archetype that is very ancient.
The Greco-Syrian sun god Adonis - the "Adonai" of the Bible - was
also born on December 25th, a festival,
"spoken of by Tertullian,
Jerome, and other Fathers of the Church, who inform us that the
ceremonies took place in a cave, and that the cave in which they
celebrated his mysteries in Bethlehem, was that in which Christ
Jesus was born."
Nor is the winter solstice celebration a purely "Pagan" concept, as
the Jews also observed it in reference to the birth of their god,
The "Feast of Illumination,"
"Feast of Lights" or "feast of
the Dedication," occurred in winter (John 10:22-23; Josephus's
Antiquities XII, 7.7)¹ and represented the "ancient Hebrew Winter
The reference in the gospel of John states:
"It was the feast of the Dedication
at Jerusalem; it was winter..."
The passage in Josephus's Antiquities
(XII, 7.7) refers to the eight-day festival celebrated by the Jewish
hero Judas Maccabeus (190 BCE-160 BCE), the "festival of the
restoration off the sacrifices of the temple."
This 8-day festival
is called by Josephus simply "Lights," as in the "festival of
Lights." Known as "Hannukah," this "feast of Lights" represents a
"restoration" of the ancient temple sacrifices.
Hannukah feast, in The White Goddess (469), Graves
The rabbinical account is that this
eight-day festival which begins on the twenty-fifth day of the
month Kislev, was instituted by Judas Maccabeus and that it
celebrates a miracle: at the Maccabean consecration of the
Temple a small cruse of sacred oil was found, hidden by a former
High Priest, which lasted for eight days.
By this legend the
authors of the Talmud hoped to conceal the antiquity of the
feast, which was originally Jehovah's birthday as the Sun-god
and had been celebrated at least as early as the time of
(Maccabees, I, 18)
The citation in Graves concerning the
antiquity of this feast should be 2 Maccabees 1:18, which states:
Since on the twenty-fifth day of
Kislev we shall celebrate the purification of the temple, we
thought it necessary to notify you, in order that you also may
celebrate the feast of booths and the feast of the fire given
when Nehemiah, who built the temple and the altar, offered
The biblical figure Nehemiah is reputed
to have lived during the fifth century (fl. 430 BCE), and 25th of
the month of Kislev (November/December) is indeed the time of the
celebration called Hannukah/Chanukah.
As 2 Maccabees recounts,
during this earlier sacrifice by Nehemiah, the Persians to whom he
had sent for the sacred fire had only given him a "thick liquid"
(oil?). After the liquid was sprinkled on the wood, the sun -
previously hidden by clouds - beamed brightly, causing a great fire
to blaze up, "so that all marveled."
At this point, the priests
offered fervent prayers to the Lord God.
From the account in the biblical book of Ezekiel concerning the
Temple priests holding secret rites - sacrilegious in Ezekiel's
opinion - we know that there is an esoteric tradition within Judaism
that is not made known to the masses.
Graves is apparently
suggesting that this esoteric tradition included the knowledge of
Jehovah/Yahweh as a sun god - as asserted and demonstrated by
numerous authorities and researchers - and that, as a sun god, he
too was typically considered as born on the winter solstice. It
would appear, therefore, that this "festival of Lights" and "feast
of the dedication" was a winter-solstice celebration based on the
solar aspect either of the old Israelite gods or elohim, as they are
repeatedly termed in the Old Testament, or of the Jewish tribal god
(These inferences make for further studies by interested
parties. The solar attributes of the main Jewish god Yahweh are
brought out in detail in
The Christ Conspiracy and
Suns of God.)
In addition, Indians for millennia have celebrated the winter
solstice, as a cardinal point, the new year and, presumably, the
birth of the sun god. In the Indian solstice celebration - a "great
religious festival" - there is "rejoicing everywhere."
As in the
West, the Indians,
"decorate their houses with garlands, and make
presents to friends and relatives," a "custom of very great
One way the Brahman priests of Orissa have celebrated
the solstice is by carrying images of,
"the youthful Krishna to the
houses of their disciples and their patrons, to whom they present
some of the red powder and tar of roses, and receive presents of
money and cloth in return."
Thus, in India the winter solstice has
been as much a major holiday as it was anywhere, which is to be
expected in a land permeated with sun worship for millennia.
Regarding the Persian sun god
Mithra and his sacrifice, in the 19th
century respected christian author Rev. J.P. Lundy remarked:
"For let it be borne in mind that it
was precisely at the season of this sacrifice, near the
beginning of the new year, that the birth of Mithra was
celebrated over all Persia and the world, in temple-caves, on
the night of the 24th of December, the night of light.
British Druids celebrated it, and called the next day, the 25th
of December, Nollagh or Noel, the day of regeneration,
celebrating it with great fires on tops of their mountains.
fact, all nations, as if by common consent, at the first moment
after midnight of the 24th of December, celebrated the birth of
the sun-god, type among the Gentiles of Christ, the Incarnate
Son of God, as the Desire of all nations and the Savior of the
Lundy was thus well aware of the sun
gods, whom he deemed "types of Christ," indicating Christ's solar
nature as well.
Concerning the winter solstice festival in Ireland, the author of
christian Mythology Unveiled relates:
"The Baal-fire feast, or meeting,
was a great festival in Ireland, on the 25th of December, and
midsummer eve. Baal, or Bel, was a name of the sun all over the
It is important to note that the
"December 25th" birth-date only applies to the age and hemisphere in
which the winter solstice falls on December 21-24. In other ages,
the solstice month is different, changing with the precession of the
equinoxes every 2150 years.
The December 25th birth-date is that of the sun, not a "real person,"
revealing its unoriginality within christianity and the true nature
of the christian godman. "Christmas" was not incorporated into
christianity until 354 AD/CE.
In reality, there is no evidence, no
primary sources which show that "Jesus is the reason for the
The REAL "Reason for the Season"?
1- This citation contained a typo that unfortunately ended up in the
"Reason for the Season" video. As here, it should be Josephus's
Antiquities, XII, 7.7, rather than book XIII.