This golden child in the Vatican treasury, like so many other images of the child in Roman Catholic churches, is reminiscent of the ancient worship of Tammuz as a child. Born on December 25th, he represented the rebirth of the sun. As the pagan god-child, he was called "Baal-berith," or lord of the fir-tree. The word "yule" is a Babylonian word for infant. December 25th was called by the pagan Anglo-Saxons, Yule Day.
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