Christmas was grafted out of the original Atonist teachings concerning Ka-Rastmass. Nearly every aspect of the present Christmas holiday observance has their roots in Greco-Roman cults, practices & beliefs.
Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter sols; the return of the sun that honored Saturn, the God of sowing. This festival was a time of much rowdiness which developed as a means of replacing the actual worship of the "sun" with worship of the "son".
By 529 AD, after Euro-Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday which led to the point wherein by medieval times, Christmas became a time for noticeable drinking of alcohol & unequaled revelry in Europe.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 ed. states, "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church... The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt." Continued, "Pagan customs centering round the January calendars gravitated to Christmas."
Origen, an early Catholic writer stated, "In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his [Jesus'] birthday. It is only sinners (like Pharaoh & Herod) who make great rejoicings over the day on which they were born into this world."
Encyclopedia Americana, 1956 ed., reads, "Christmas... was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth... a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ's birth] in the 4th century. In the 5th century, the Western church ordered the feast to be celebrated on the day of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ's birth existed."
Greco-Roman Lord & Savior, Jesus is the European Khristos, Christos, Christ is, in fact, Ju-Piter+Zeus. This Jesus Christ is the one that the Alexandrian-Greek-Orthodox and the Constantinian-Roman-Orthodox-Catholic church teach lived 2,000 years ago to save the Greco-Romanized Empire who's power was declining.
Until 350 CE, when Pope Julius I moved the date to December, the first Alexandrian-Greek-Orthodox and the Constantinian-Roman-Orthodox-Catholic church hierarchy randomly fixed Christmas in January, March, April, May and September. Yet, in Tama-Re (Ancient Africa), December 21st-25th in accordance with which part of the continent our respective families resided, was an age old day of celebration dating back countless millennia.
Atonist (Ancient African religion) observed as one of two great ritual celebrations commemorating the birth or (rebirth and birth) of the Macro-Kosmic Terrestrial "Sun" or "Son." The replication of this great ritual celebration wherein the powers of the celestial "sun" did incarnate in flesh and blood form on earth was observed in Tama-Re through the original sacrificial shepard: Asaru. The Micro-Kosmic "son" who was symbolically born and reborn on these respective days, December 21st-25th, as with all those with a self-sacrificing nature who came out of his symbolically cut up fourteen constellations or pieces.
December 21st-25th within the original Tama-Reic calendar is a period of time wherein the Macro-Kosmic Terrestial "Sun" or "Son" represented by Asaru disappeared or expired at the 24th hour or zero hour of December 21, the winter solstice, and was gestated three days or month later through the womb and powers of the Daughter of Mother-Earth, Aset, at the Vernal Equinox called Spring, the festival of Au-Stiyr or A-Set Fa-Sha through which he was reborn on or at the 24th hour or zero hour of June 21st, the Summer Solstice as the Great Bin-Nu (Phoenix). It could be said that the sun is literally dead on December 21st and reborn or re-birthed or resurrected on December 25th. *Study the stories of Asaru and Aset (Osiris and Isis.)
As Atonist, we also have the Atonist Civil Celebration called Children's Day. This takes place on December 25th the days because the days begin the get longer after December 21st and is noticeable by December 25th and the sun gives more light to all humanity as a blessing from the Most High Heavenly One: An Naay Re.
Ka-Rast: (etymology): Ka- the Divine African Spirit and Rast( ras, rast, rosh or ra'is)- the head of the Divine African Spirit.
The Roman Emperors Constantine and Theodosius banned Atonism under penalty of death, destroyed our Ka-Nesaat (churches), conspired to kill off our priestesses and priests and consigned Atonism to the privacy of villages, sacred societies, homes, minds and hearts but it has remained hidden until this very day.
The Greco-Romanized "Madonna and child" (Mary and Jesus) was, originally, the Egyptian A-Set and Ha-Ru and became Mir-I-Am: Merri-Nefer-Titi (the beloved one who agrees to birth the watchful eye) and the willing son: Ya-Shu-A: Tut-Ankh-Aten (the living image of the Lord) that did become Tut-Ankh-Am-Un (the child who held the key to the hidden-one).
Ka-Rastmass Tree: an evergreen palm tree and pine trees are powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection which represents the Tama-Rean precept-principle of the universe's construction found in the expansion of limbs or branches of the world tree or family tree which symbolizes immortality through our works and progeny. In our homes it represents the tree in Hut-Wa-Ret, or Abydos by the Greeks, where the Grand Ka-Nesa of A-Sa-Ru the Nasarian once stood.
In Tama-re the Evergreen Date Palm or Tamarisk or Weeping Willow were sacred. The Evergreen Pine tree was not used because it helps fight off, disinfect or slow down the growth of viruses, bacteria, and plagues by its antiseptic properties. Consider how this knowledge has been corrupted by the practice of cutting down millions of pine trees during the flu season!
In Tama-Re, there were 14 city-states that held sacred Ka-Ne-Sa that represented to hold the 14 body parts of A-Sa-Ru and the palm branch was his symbol. His genetic line represents the personification of eternity and was decorated with beautiful fruits and gold and colored ornaments.
The modern Christmas tree comes from Germany who got it from the Greco-Romans through the Canaanite-Babylonians and Anglo-Egyptians. Check out an ancient Babylonian account in the bible by reading Jeremiah 10:2-5.
The Druids used the oak and the Romans used the fir tree which was decorated with red berries during the Saturnalia.
The Encyclopedia Americana- "the holly, the mistletoe, the yule log...are relics of pre-Christian times."
The yule log was commonly used in Teutonic nature rites. The original "sun log" came to be called the yule log. Yule means wheel which is a pagan representation of the sun. That's Paganism!!!
Fredrick Haskins states, "The use of the Christmas wreath is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan custom of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as our Christmas." He also states, "The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christian Era." Please notice that the Christmas tree long preceded Christianity!
The Bibliotheca Sacra states, "The interchange of presents between friends is a like characteristic of Christmas which comes from the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows."
Saturnalia (also Sol Invictus)- the early Romans celebrated the Saturnalia on the solstice to honor their god Saturn. It consisted of days of feasting and gift exchanges. The celebration was too popular with the Roman pagans for the new Christian church to outlaw, so the new church renamed the day and, over time, reassigned meanings to the traditions.
New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: (under Christmas)- "How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia (December 25) following the Saturnalia (December 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the 'new sun'... cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence...
The pagan festival with its riot and merry-making was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ's birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival."
Encyclopedia Britannica explains origin the holly wreath under the word, "Celastrales"- "European pagans brought holly sprays into their homes, offering them to the fairy people of the forest as refugees from the harsh winter weather. During the Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival, branches of holly were exchanged as tokens of friendship. The earliest Roman Christians apparently used holly as a decoration at the Christmas season."
The EB in its 1946 edition also states, "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church... Certain Latins, as early as 354, may have transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25, which was then a Mithraic feast... or birthday of the unconquered SUN."
Encyclopedia Britannica under "Santalales"- "The European mistletoe is thought to have had special ritual significance in Druidical ceremonies and survives in folklore today, its special status as the Christmas mistletoe having come from Anglo-Saxon times." The mistletoe is actually a parasite that lives on oak trees. It bloats and deforms it's host as it slurps up as much water and nutrients intended for the branch host as it can. It gives service to itself, devastating a tree even more so in droughts.
The 9 candlestick Min-Nar-Re (minorah) represents the Ba-Ruw-Ty or Leo constellation which has 9 bright stars in its pictorial form. This is the reason that Ka-Rastmass is recognized as "The Mass of the Head Spirit" during which time Kha-Nu-Ka (the Feast of Sacred Mental Lights Which Brought Forth Lamps) is also observed for 9 consecutive evenings from Dec. 21 to Dec. 29. A candle is lit each evening and the modern day Jewish people adapted it as Chanukah or Hanukah.
Thousands of years ago Ka-Rastians put on reenactments of events such as those published in "The Wisdom of Ta-Hu-Ti", "The Opening of the Mouth Ceremony", "The Stretching of the Cord Ceremony", and "Ya-Shu-'A and the Wisemen of Africa", which were grafted, first in Germany, into present day nativity plays.
In the 5th century, the Vatican mandated that Christmas be celebrated as an official festival to honor the Christ.
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