About Ēostre and the Easter Bunny

Easter is upon us, which is always a good time to look at the pagan roots of the Holiday. The Boston Globe had a nice story yesterday on the question of how thEaster_choco-bunniese Easter Bunny came to be. There’s also a nice story on The Ancient Pagan Origins of Easter through a website that is apparently exclusively devoted to such questions. And Wikipedia contains an entry on Ēostre a pagan Germanic divinity who is the namesake of the festival of Easter. According to Wikipedia, “during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre’s honor.” By the time after Jesus this festival was “replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.”

Obviously the Easter Bunny doesn’t have much to do with the resurrection of Christ.

I wonder how long it will take before Easter, like Christmas, just becomes an excuse to “revitalize” the economy by doing a ton of shopping. In any case, enjoy your Easter celebrations for those of you who don’t celebrate Passover, or some other holiday, or nothing at all.

About a1skeptic

A disturbed citizen and skeptic. I should stop reading the newspaper. Or watching TV. I should turn off NPR and disconnect from the Internet. We’d all be better off.
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  1. Pingback: Three things that made Christianity what it is today | A (or One) Skeptic

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