The Start Point of Pictish-Mithraism – Who, When and Where
The “Start Point” is in three interconnected senses – location, time and by whom.
This website is concerned with Pictland being the location of the Symbol Stones. However, the Stones range in location from the Orkney Islands to the Outer Hebrides, the North East of Scotland up to Caithness and down to Fife. In amongst this wide area Stones with their Symbols would surely have started somewhere specific then spread out rather than rapidly appearing across many places. A challenge is finding that initial “somewhere”.
Having discovered that the symbols on the Pictish Symbol Stones represent aspects of a form of Mithraism and that Roman Mithraism was practiced close to Pictland by Hadrian’s Wall then a contender for introducing a form of Mithraism must be people associated with the Roman Army. This sets a time frame between the first and fifth centuries CE. But who are the people – were they soldiers, auxiliaries, trades-people or others who learned about Mithraism?
Pages at the adjacent tabs:-
1. explore the prospect of a Roman connection for builders and worshippers,
2. record the location of Roman Establishments in Pictland and nearby Symbol Stones then
3. conclude with who created the Symbols and left a legacy.
A strong case is made for the location of the first Symbol Stones.