Christians Practiced The Mysteries With The Old Egyptian Legend.

Notice the image of Christ on the ceiling in the Catacombs beneath Rome.

Pike mentioned the Basilideans and the Simonians, both of which were Gnostic Christian orders, and their proclivity to the ancient mysteries:

The Basilideans, a sect of Christians that arose soon after the time of the Apostles, practised the Mysteries, with the old Egyptian legend. They symbolized Osiris by the Sun, Isis by the Moon, and Typhon by Scorpio; and wore crystals bearing these emblems, as amulets or talismans to protect them from danger; upon which were also a brilliant star and the serpent. They were copied from the talismans of Persia and Arabia, and given to every candidate at his initiation.

Irenæus tells us that the Simonians, one of the earliest sects of the Gnostics, had a Priesthood of the Mysteries (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1871, p. 542).

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