Etruscan Influence on Roman Catholicism

The Etruscans are believed to have originated from Lydia/Phrygia in Western Anatolia around 1,000 BC. As a result, their religion was essentially Indo-European and Vedic in nature. They worshipped the Shiva Linga and many Etruscan statues found in Rome have third eyes carved into the foreheads. Indeed, the word "Vatican" originates in the Sanskrit word "vatika" meaning temple.

Like the Rig-Veda, the Etruscan religion was based on anima in Nature - everything was imbued with spirit. It was, like Christianity and Judaism, a revealed religion. An account of the revelation is given by Cicero (On Divination 2.50) . One day, says the legend, in a field near the river Marta in Etruria, a strange event occurred. A divine being rose up from the newly ploughed furrow, a being with the appearance of a child, but with the wisdom of an old man. The startled cry of the ploughman brought lucomones, the priest kings of Etruria hurrying up to the spot. To them, the wise child chanted the sacred doctrine, which they reverently listened to and wrote down, so that this most precious possession could be passed on to their successors. Immediately after the revelation, the miraculous being fell dead and disappeared into the ploughed field. His name was Tages, and he was believed to be the son of Genius and grandson of the highest God, Tinia (or Jupiter as he became known to the Romans). This doctrine was known to the Romans as the disciplina etrusca.

The boy oracle Tages was thus the son of the Etruscan supreme sky god (Tinia/Jupiter) who was part of a Trinity of gods that included Uni (Juno and mother of Hercules) and Menrva (equivalent to Greek Athena). We might recognize this Trinity as an anthropomorphization of the Sun and Venus, who was split into the Morning Star and Evening Star. Since the Etruscan religion was based on Vedic principles, this Trinity can be recognized as Vishnu (Sun/ Sustainer) flanked by Brahma (Morning Star/ Creator) and Shiva (Evening Star/ Destroyer).

But there was another name for Tages (the boy oracle who appeared from the ground) known as Atuns or Atunis. He is equivalent to the Greek Adonis or Phrygian Attis and was considered a rebirth god. His consort was Turan, the winged goddess of love, health and fertility who was equivalent to Greek Aphrodite or Roman Venus. Thus, we have the couple Atunis and Turan present in Rome prior to the Romans who knew them as Attis and Cybele. As stated above, these gods originated in ancient Phrygia (Western Anatolia) and could be considered equivalent to the Rig-Veda moon god Soma (son of the sun) and the feminine aspect of Venus named Vena (i.e., Athena).

We might now recognize Atunis/Attis/Adonis as a life-death-rebirth vegetation deity who grows out of the Earth. And like all vegetation gods (Green Men), he would have been the spirit associated with an entheogenic plant or fungus, probably (but not exclusively) a mushroom. Consuming Atunis (the mushroom) in communion would induce visions to help the worshipper attune (harmonize) with the mother goddess Turan/Cybele. This was done to prepare the worshipper to find heaven in the afterlife.

So it was from this essentially Vedic communion ritual originating in Anatolia that the Roman Catholic Holy Communion ritual was derived. The purpose was to re-link or re-ligion one with the star goddess Vena by ingesting the mushroom body of the moon god Soma.

Note: The North African city of Tunis (Greek Carthage) and the country of Tunisia was settled by Etruscan settlers who named the land after their vegetation god Atunis.

Image: A picture I took of the inside of an underground Etruscan tomb in Civitivecchia, Italy. It depicts an amphora communion vessel beneath an opening to heaven. The passage is guarded by a pair of female temple lions often used to symbolize the resurrecting Morning and Evening stars of Venus.