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The Doctrine of Mithrath

The Roman cult of Mithras is known as a ""mystery cult."" A Mystery Cult is an organized,secret system of learning and worship through which participants undergo ritual initiations to confirm various stages of knowledge and inner development. Worship took place in a temple, called a Mithraeum, which was made to resemble a natural cave. Sometimes temples were built specifically for the purpose, but often they were single rooms in larger buildings which usually had another purpose (for example, a bath house, or a private home). There are over a hundred Mithraea preserved in the empire.