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Sol Invictus vs Elagabalus

I had a conversation with someone who informed me that Sol Invictus wasn’t European / Indo-European because the deity was utilized to encompass another solar deity called Elagabalus. Stating that Elagabalus was the favored deity of the Roman Emperor of the same name also known as Heliogabalus. While it is true this Emperor (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus) was from Syria. This does not make him non-Indo-European. The name of the deity does have Aramaic cognitive. This too does not make the deity non-Indo-European. The position the individual took was that Sol Invictus is therefore Semitic in origin. While I understand where their interpretation comes from I tend to disagree. I’ll rebuttal with this but I don’t claim to be an expert. First, Syria had a lot of pre-Arabic cultures. Yazidis being one of them. Even till today Yazidis have practices that are considered to be connected to Mithraism. Which is probably why Sol Invictus easily encompassed and incorporated it. I see most Aryan / Indo-European religions as synchronisms and cultural interpretations of one another. “All gods of the pantheon of the Arab city Emesa, in Syria, had Semitic names, with one exception: the supreme god Elagabal, who represented the sun.– https://tinyurl.com/yafc7f6x” The deity’s name wasn’t Semitic. The study even says it was possibly a Hittite God. The Hittites were considered Anatolian which is a branch of Indo-European. None of this so far makes this deity Semitic in origin. The area of Syria doesn’t equal Semitic by default. Since Syria had a history with the Yazidis and even Zoroastrianism it is possible that Elagabal is similar to Mitra and Indo-European and Vedic deity. Mithras, Elagabal, and the like are Solar personifications much like Apollo, Helios, and to some extent Dyēus Phter. While it is true this God was worshipped by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, Sol Invictus was not. Elagabal was incorporated in Sol Invictus as a method of Roman Synchronization of the Empire. Which is exactly what Elagabal was used as prior to Sol Invictus. “The Emperor also tried to bring about a union of Roman and Syrian religion under the supremacy of his deity, which he placed even above Jupiter,[10] and to which he assigned either Astarte, Minerva or Urania, or some combination of the three, as wife.[8] The most sacred relics from the Roman religion were transferred from their respective shrines to the Elagabalium, including “the emblem of the Great Mother, the fire of Vesta, the Palladium, the shields of the Salii, and all that the Romans held sacred”. He reportedly also declared that Jews, Samaritans and Christians must transfer their rites to his temple so that it “might include the mysteries of every form of worship”.[11] —Wikipedia However, this just shows how much of European religion that the Emperor incorporated into his cause for unity. Similar to what is done with Sol Invictus later. The argument could be made that this is based on a Perennial truth and worship of the Sun. Something that isn’t uncommon world wide but is in particularly present in the Indo-European and Indo-Iranian traditions. Which is my claim all along that Sol Invictus is just greater representation of the One, the Sun, and Dyēus Phter. Being made to include another cult that exists which was started in Syria doesn’t equate Sol Invitus to being any less European nor not Indo-European as is apparent above.
Hammer and Vajra!
Zach Gill

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