Other deities not born on Dec 25

Other deities not born on Dec 25 December 26, 2008

I know my readers are far too intelligent to think Jesus was the first deity not born on December 25. Regardless, here’s a list of some other deities that have claimed Dec. 25 as their own. It includes:

  • Horus (c. 3000 BCE)
  • Osiris (c. 3000 BCE)
  • Attis of Phrygia (c.1400 BCE)
  • Krishna (c. 1400 BCE)
  • Zoroaster/Zarathustra (c. 1000 BCE)
  • Mithra of Persia (c. 600 BCE)
  • Heracles (c. 800 BCE)
  • Dionysus (c. 186 BCE)
  • Tammuz (c. 400 BCE)
  • Adonis (c. 200 BCE)
  • Hermes
  • Bacchus
  • Prometheus

A busy day in the life of the gods!

[Update: Removed Buddha, which is on the list but doesn’t appear to be correct.]

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  • …and we think WE have a lot of presents to get!

  • I like the title very much. :)

  • VorJack

    It really sucks that their birthdays all fall on Christmas, since that means they won’t be getting as many presents on average as the other kids.

    Wait, I think I’m missing something here…

    Anyway, I think we can assume that any deity who is tied to the sun has a birthday ceremony on or around Dec. 25. So the list is actually much, much longer.

  • ade33sh

    ‘m a theravadha Buddhist, and according to what we’re taught, Buddha was born in the month of May, not December…


  • Gerald

    I have seen an almost identical list in the Internet movie Zeitgeist. Now, I am a believer in Christ who recognizes that many elements of His myth originate in various recurring pagan mythic themes. I find that enriching.

    The list is pretty flawed, my knowledge is not too great but I know that Dec. 25 is not commonly claimed as the birthdate of Buddha, Sri Krishna, or the Prophet Zoroaster. Plus, no religious community believes Zoroaster to have been a god.

    But yes, this date is purely a continuation of old pagan seasonal themes.

    God Bless,

  • VorJack

    Oooo! Here’s a good one: Sir Isaac Newton! Born on Christmas Eve!

    Ok, so he wasn’t a god. But judging by the reactions of his contemporaries, he was pretty close. Remember to Pope couplet:
    “Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid at Night.
    God said, Let Newton be! and All was Light.”

    It’s all so clear now. Newton had a function similar to the Word/Jesus in the opening of the Gospel of John. Newton emanates from God, illuminating creation. Through Newton, God makes the universe sensible and ordered, just as God provides Wisdom through the divine Sophia.

    Alright, next year we celebrate Newtonmas!

  • Lisa
  • Buddha and Krishna were not born on 25 dec and also were not believed to be born on 25 dec.
    As per Hindu mythology Krishna is believed to be born on sometime during august/september. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janmashtami)
    But of course Krishna only has mythological existence, and his birth is largely unproven.

    Buddha is add one out in this list. As per my knowledge, Siddhartha/Gautama Buddha was a real person with enough direct evidence of his existence.

    Also he was a moral teacher – more like Confucious – and he was an atheist/naturalist.
    So clubbing Buddha together with other mythical deities is incorrect.

  • @Aniket: I thought the same thing with Buddha, but I didn’t create the list. I agree it shouldn’t be on it.

  • @Daniel
    thanks for taking Buddha out of the list. That makes sense.

    Although Buddha probably never intended it that way, his followers deified buddha. So the propensity to put buddha in list of mythical deities is understandable. But attaching 25-dec as buddha’s birth date is farfetched.

    I checked the original link afterwards – many flaws in there. But broadly makes a valid point.

    I think Persian/Irainan immigrants to India (known as Parsis) worship Zoroaster.

  • Gerald

    Not as far as I am aware. I could very well be wrong, but all Zoroastrian communities I am aware of identify Zoroaster as a Proper of Ahura Mazda.

  • Is it just me, or does it seem like us humans like to recycle stories, and in the end make them worse? Just look at what Hollywood did to “The Day the Earth Stood Still“!

  • JJ

    Not to be picky, but you mention Dec 25 as a “busy” day in the lives of the gods . . . I would suggest a day 9-months (or the nearest deistic gestation period) would have been the busy day (not saying birth isn’t work, but at least don’t forget the fun part!)

    Well, except for Joseph . . . dude got the shortest end of the stick evah!

  • Buddha was born and dead on same day. Even Osho was born and dead on same day. If you have any other who were enlightened or dead on dec 25.

  • feriadi isander

    so? are you agree, about jesus, born on december?

  • nirvana demon

    the birth of krishna is usually around august. its a lunar calendar date, so it varies from year to year, but generally falls arnd july to september. its the eighth day (ashtami) of a month called ‘rohini’ and so the festival is called ashtamirohini (literally the eighth day of Rohini) or janmaashtami, signifying the “birth that took place on the eighth day”.
    and it would seem that deities have their own contradictory lifespans, stretched out or tucked in as the faithful will…
    some sources (see http://www.krishnajanmashtami.com/when-janmashtami.html for their take )put the date of the event at 3,227 BC (such as it is).
    it was a great post! u write well.

  • ade33sh

    Thanks for taking buddha off the list… Keep up the good posts!

  • @feriadi, read the title. This is a list of imaginary entities NOT born on the 25th… I know, a subtle distinction for some, but really not that hard to get!

    Keep in mind, if you read some of the posts in the comments section, again you’ll see how the entire story is all made up anyway considering things such as:
    – Romans didn’t conduct the census in December.
    – There is no reason for people to travel as the story would indicate.
    – If the wise men had followed a star as described, they would have ended up in India.
    – The whole bit with Herod would be rather difficult, since he was already dead.
    – Most shepherds “tended to their flocks” in the April to October time frame. Oops!
    And the list goes on. Yet somehow apologetics seem to wheedle their way around because they just MUST make reality fit their beliefs.

  • VorJack

    Hey, Daniel, get ready to add another one to the list:

    OK, the kid hasn’t done anything yet, but it took Jesus 30 years. And this time we have documentary evidence that pins him to Christmas Day. With Yeshua, we’re stuck with Matthew and Luke. With this one, we’ve got the BBC.

  • Remember to Pope couplet:
    “Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid at Night.
    God said, Let Newton be! and All was Light.”

    It did not last; the devil howling “Ho!
    Let Einstein be!” restored the status quo.
    — Sir John Collings Squire

  • Richard

    Re: Aniket: “But of course Krishna only has mythological existence, and his birth is largely unproven.”

    There are some well funded Hindu groups out there digging up evidence to prove the existence of a certain Krishna at about the right time and also evidence for the events of the Mahabarata. Whether we could say looking at history that any well funded group, Christian, Hindu, otherwise would find what they were after if they search enough I don’t know. It seems that evidence for Krishna can be as strong as evidence for Jesus.

    The similarities between the stories around Krishna’s birth and Jesus’ birth are striking. I was quite surprised when I attended my local Janmasthami celebration a couple of months ago and was told the story. Even Herod had his counterpart and many innocent children were killed.

  • oki

    Huh, that’s weird, why that day? Who started the trend? Now I feel really special, that’s MY birthday. *A* ehehe..

  • For certain, Christ was not born on December 25th. Understanding the way that the adversary works, there is certainly an interconnection of dates among all beliefs, ecumenicalism, causing the adversary to be worshipped, Patheism. Such worship permits the adversary to receive worship and continues to be deceptive. It is amazing how many are deceived with Christmas, Easter and Lent. Therefore all these days appear to be Pagan influenced, having nothing to do with the Messiah’s Birth or Resurrection.

    Sabbay :)

  • sh


    I looked up Hercules and his birthday is supposed to be around the Nov. 4. Anyways the Greek’s celebrate it on the 4th day of each month.

    Krishna’s birth was said to be in July, though I know someone else said August or September.

    Osiris he was born within the last five days of the Egyptian calendar year. Apparently there were a lost set of five days between the old and new year. It could be the 25th but it could also have been the 27th.

    Attis I couldn’t get a birthday on but his myth is supposedly the one that informed alot of current Christian dates and practices. I read his story. The version that supposedly “informed” Christian practices seems to be a more recent incarnation of ancient myth that really doesn’t resemble Christ’s story. I can’t tell when it became popular.
    I know that it was finally sort of accepted in Rome in the time of Claudius (decades after Christs death) and had at least by that time several rites that resemble certain Christian practices. When I say Christian I am not speaking universally.

    So anyway, I was watching that Bill Maher movie making fun of all things religious and thought I would check it out. So far, 0 points for Maher. I’m pretty aware the the “church” adopted practices from other religions to make Christianity more palatable. I don’t think that the human ability to make stupid choices means there is no God.

    I have to say I was kind of surprised. I expected that if Bill Maher said all this crap on camera that it would at least be factual. So anyway, I suggest taking a little more time and thought before deciding what you choose to believe or not believe.