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Ancient Roman Temple devoted to the Ancient Deity Mithras unearthed in Turkey

The archaeologists have uncovered sleeping quarters, kitchens, public baths and water wells at the site in addition to the temple

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Ankara, May 4, 2017: Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman temple devoted to the ancient deity Mithras in Turkey’s southeastern province Diyarbakir, Kurdish regional broadcaster Rudaw said on Thursday.

The archaeological team also uncovered an army base on Mount Zerzavan as well as the temple, believed to be 1,700 years old and built while the area was under Roman rule, Rudaw said.

“This was a strategic lookout post for the Roman army in the east,” archaeologist Aytas Coskun told Rudaw. “Civilians and soldiers had lived here. It was in fact a city in itself.”

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The archaeologists have uncovered sleeping quarters, kitchens, public baths and water wells at the site in addition to the temple.

The newly unearthed temple is said to be 35 metres wide and 2.5 meters high. The site is located between Diyarbakir and Mardin.

Excavations began over three years ago at the site located between Diyarbakir and the neighbouring province of Mardin, which borders northern Iraq.

Mithraism was a religion common in India and Iran and parts of the Middle East before Christianity.

The mysterious cult was all-male, and most of the temples were built underground and date from the 1st to the 4th century AD.

The iconic scenes of the deity Mithras show him being born from a rock, slaughtering a bull, and sharing a banquet with the Sun god Sol. (IANS)

 

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When shall we see a Turkey-less Thanksgiving Day?

According to American Turkey Association, 44 Million Turkeys are 'enjoyed' on Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving Day and Turkey killing go together
Thanksgiving Day and Turkey killing go together. Pixabay

Chicago:

Tomorrow (November 24) is the popular Thanksgiving Day in USA. Observed on the fourth Thursday of November, it is a much awaited holiday. It also kind of sets off the holiday season of the winters that ends with the celebrations of New year.

Thanksgiving Day has its roots in settlers (pilgrims) in Plymouth celebrating a feast after the successful harvest that season. That was in 1621. But the Thanksgiving has continued and today it is an occasion to express thanks and gratitude to one’s own blessings to life and opportunities and one’s beliefs in general. Thus, rightly so, Thanksgiving Day is the occasion to give alms and do charity. This is the day for people to come together as families and count the blessings and celebrate the life together. Thanksgiving Dinner thus is considered a very special feast.

44 Million Turkeys are 'enjoyed' on Thanksgiving Day
Picture of a Turkey . 44 Million Turkeys are ‘enjoyed’ on Thanksgiving Day. Pixabay

Thanksgiving and food go together. After all, supper is an occasion to meet, share and celebrate. Amongst all the food and beverages, Turkey is the unifying theme. Turkey is served on this day as a mark of Thanksgiving. How so ever painful it may sound, the stark reality is that Thanksgiving comes at the altar of turkeys. They are sacrificed so that we can celebrate thanksgiving. I read somewhere that 88 % Americans eat turkey on this day, according to a survey conducted by American Turkey Association. Looking at sheer numbers, 44 Million turkeys are ‘enjoyed’ on Thanksgiving Day.

 

 

Thanksgiving Day stands to symbolize a very beautiful human sentiment: Thankfulness in general and gratitude in particular. That is why it so bothers me to see how such a humane expression is oblivious to the cruelty that carries along with!

Will we ever observe a Turkey-less Thanksgiving Day?
After all, when turkey can get a Presidential Pardon, why not a Public Pardon?