The Chinese myth of Pan Gu/Panku (a god who dies and individual body parts become the universe) seems also to of derived from this I. This Being takes on many mythic guises and adopts, through both ancient and modern story-telling, the names of many gods, goddesses, heroes (hunter, warrior, Shaman, magician, teacher, saviour etc.) and so on.
It suggests, along with other legendary evidence that the lord of animals and the lady of nature or flowers were originally a pair.
So he went about all the woods and groves and collected a herd of stags in a single line, and the deer and she-goats likewise, and he himself mounted a stag. ’ Guendoloena came quickly, smiling and marvelling that the man was riding upon a stag and that it obeyed him, and that he could get together so large a number of animals and drive them before him just as a shepherd does the sheep that he is in the habit of driving to the pastures.
Anyway, most of the mythical parallels between Jesus and the deities of the Mysteries (which proliferate the web) are actually incorrect.
And many of the legitimate parallels don’t really prove anything if you learn a little bit about myth and ritual.
From mythology I began reading about ancient cultures, especially Mesopotamian cultures.
Studying Sumerian, Akkadian and Neo-Babylonian history had quite an impact on my view on the Bible as a historically valid document. Initially I maintained the view that the archaeology was somehow wrong as the chronology didn’t fit the biblical account.
There’s a theory that Jesus never existed and rather than Christianity being singularly influenced by Jewish beliefs, in actuality, the early Church’s understanding of Jesus was shaped by these various mystery systems.
Some claim that Christianity was directly influenced by specific mysteries, such as Mithraism or the Mysteries of Isis.
in their stead we have the celtic death goddess (also in the prophecies of merlin) and the lord of animals (merlin). Although I agree that Merlin is certainly a Master of Animals, while also his temporary insanity which causes him to retreat to the woodlands, is reminiscent of the wildness of Enkidu in the Gilgamesh Epic: He (Merlin) entered the wood and rejoiced to lie hidden under the ash trees; he marvelled at the wild beasts feeding on the grass of the glades; now he chased after them and again he flew past them; he lived on the roots of grasses and on the grass, on the fruit of the trees and on the mulberries of the thicket.