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What is the Religion of the Sun? New FAQ Article Published

We’ve put up a new article explaining the Religion of the Sun in an easy-to-follow questions and answers format.

Now live on the “What is the Religion of the Sun” page, it answers 17 key questions about this ancient religion, and its modern revival, that anyone interested and unfamiliar with it would likely want to know.

Sunset at stone circle from 3000 BC in Scotland. Photo licensed from BigStock.

It was written in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) format to make the Religion of the Sun more straightforward to introduce, explain and understand on this site.  The aim was to break down and distill this subject – which, it must be said, is vast – into an article that’s accessible and easy to follow and digest, providing a clear picture of its history, worldview, and core principles and practices.

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

The Religion of the Sun is the world’s oldest religion, once practiced by a global civilization that arose at the end of the last ice age but was lost to history, and by other lost civilizations stretching even further back in time that were pre-ice age. It views the sun as the outward manifestation of the spiritual sun—an embodiment of the divine source of creation and symbol of higher consciousness—and understands its annual cycle through the solstices and equinoxes to allegorically show the path to enlightenment. This is why the ancient practitioners of this religion aligned their sacred sites and ceremonies to the sun’s path with such precision.

Over time the global civilization of the sun fragmented, but many of its principles lived on in ancient religions and cultures that either descended from it, or revived the spiritual knowledge that underpinned it. These principles are timeless and part of life – that’s why they’re imbued in creation in the movements of the cosmos – and have been revived and re-given in many ways and forms over time according to local conditions.

Below are replies to commonly asked questions about the Religion of the Sun, answering queries about its origins, principles, worldview, how it’s practiced and more.

Each question listed on the page can be clicked on to expand it and view the answer.

About the author

Matthew Osmund

Matthew Osmund is Chief Editor of, a website exploring the history and practice of the ancient Religion of the Sun. A keen writer since his youth, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and has a natural interest in probing hidden truths and higher knowledge. He felt called to study spirituality in 2004 and has pursued it ever since. On The Spiritual Sun, he directs his skills and inquisitive nature towards shedding light on the ancient Religion of the Sun, which he investigates both as a writer/researcher and practitioner.


  • Thanks Matthew — this resource is really helpful. Like others have said, it’s nice to be able to “digest” one section at a time like this. Appreciate all the work that’s gone into this.

  • This is excellent! Thanks Matthew for your hard work on this. It’s gives a great overview, which makes it easier to understand what the religion of the sun is and it’s presence throughout history.

  • I found the FAQ article to be very helpful in gaining a deeper understanding about the Spiritual Sun religion. It’s such a brilliant idea. I’ve also found it very useful to pass on to others.

    Thanks Matthew, great work.

  • Thank you very much for putting this resource together! It’s a tremendous help to have the big picture overview about the religion of the sun so clearly laid out in one place. I’ll be coming back to it for sure, and I agree that the FAQ format chosen is helpful so as to be able to pinpoint the areas you want to read about at a given time.

  • Really properly well done, it’s great and much appreciated that this FAQ page is here now. Thanks Matthew. Giving a pretty comprehensive introduction actually, yet accessible and pleasant to go through due to the FAQ accordion format. Hopefully it will see much use as page referred and linked to.

    I found that it was pretty insightful for myself as well. Perhaps with you going over the subject matter and having to think about and write this article, you presented things in a slightly different way and this newly refined summarizing gave some insights, even though I’m familiar with the subject.

    One random tiny thing that made me think was that ‘handbag’, found in different ancient images. I was thinking that some symbols might more specifically refer to the spiritual knowledge carried across and taught by wisdom bringers, such as the cross and other solar symbols. But I thought a bag (which is used to carry things etc.) might represent other things carried over? I.e. the items and knowledge you would imagine would be needed to reestablish a civilised civilisation again.

    One other thing that the ‘founders’ section made me think of. In ‘The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh’ presented by A.R. George the story of Gilgamesh is told, who towards the end of his adventure reaches the immortal flood hero “Noah figure” by the name of Uta Napisti. Survivor of the deluge and the one who by was given the task by Enki to build a ship and carry animals and everything etc. across.

    I think he was the same person as Ziusudra, yet named differently in this particular text. This text can be accessed here ( and the part where Gilgamesh meets Uta Napisti starts around page 509) and it possibly has some interesting info and similarities with other deluge/flood sources. There’s possibly a lot of insights to glean from it, but one small thing I only thought about now was a mention of ravens? Having also seen Odin featured with them.

    Anyway I was personally very pleasantly surprised when I was going through that book due to the high academic standard of the author.

    • Hi Karim,

      Thanks for your comment. I mentioned the recurring depictions of the bag the wisdom bringers carried more to show the connection between them in different parts of the world/different cultures, as another indication of their probable common origins.

      As for what the bag is actually for, or whether it’s symbolic, I’m not sure. It could represent the knowledge of civilization they bring, or it could have been an actual part of their garb, just like their beards were, which we also see depicted around the world. If that were the case the bag could have served a practical purpose as well as perhaps a cultural one. And the people they visited would likely have depicted this aspect of their appearance just like they did with their beards.

      The flood myth is a common story found not just in Mesopotamian cultures but in many cultures across the world in some form as I understand it, including in oral histories, so I understand there are many different variations of it.

  • What a wonderful way to help make the religion of the sun easily understandable and accessible! I love the FAQ approach to it, as it really answers the main questions anyone unfamiliar with it may have. It is packed with information, and I loved reading it all. I found it was wonderful to have it laid out like this – it gives a proper sense and reality to something that is as ancient as humankind yet had been almost lost for thousand of years, and is now coming back. It feels like the Light is literally shining once again! What an amazing time this is..! Wonderful work Matthew, and thank you so much for doing this!

  • That is a really great resource. Like Justin said, I like how you can open specific bits you are interested in. There’s so much good info, but if it was all in one big article I think bits and pieces could easily get lost. So this way it’s much more digestible.

  • Thank you for adding this FAQ. It certainly makes it easier to approach others with such an armory on hand to alleviate the more obvious questions that naturally arise.

  • Excellent to see this in FAQ format so clearly laid out and summarized. Will be very helpful for people new to the Religion of the Sun to quickly understand what it’s all about.

    • Agreed. Its very thorough and easy to understand. Its a perfect space for newbies who may not have the full context of the religion of the sun and can go through the expanded layout in their own pace and comfort.

  • Thank you Mathew, this is a really brilliant introduction to the Religion of the Sun. I hope that it resonates with many people who feel the urge to discover their own spirituality, but are at odds with the options of established religions or limited spiritual practice.

  • Excellent! Really great to have this info in such a simple format. Thanks very much. I’m looking forward to taking it all in 🙂

  • Amazing work Matthew. These questions and answers are very helpful. They put in a clear outline the religion of the Spiritual Sun. They clarify and illuminate in few paragraphs with clear and short answers the main things of each question.

    Personally, it helped me a lot to understand some things better than before that I hadn’t realized fully.
    So, I think this article is important and also very necessary for many people as well as for me, as mentioned before.
    Thank you a lot!

    • Yes I agree Seraphim – reading through this there are lots of things that anyone could pick up on about the Religion of the Sun.

      And the site really needed this! Although we have lots of different pages that go into various topics in depth, I feel that reading through the FAQs helps to better define what the Religion of the Sun is, its aims, where it came from, etc. in one place, and also expands on a few things that aren’t really covered elsewhere.

  • It’s great to have a single page that provides a comprehensive overview of the Religion of the Sun. The expanding FAQ structure allows someone to browse and get a quick overview or read as much as they want and really dig into the subject if they are so inclined.

    I like that the page gives a clear and simple introduction but is also very comprehensive and goes into enough depth to convey the meaning and significance of the Religion of the Sun. There is a lot of really powerful information here – about creation, the structure of the cosmos, the nature of divinity, and the process of spiritual transformation. However that information is also explained in a way that someone with no background knowledge could read it and get an initial understanding, which is not an easy feat to accomplish.

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