Easter for me as a small child was simply a “Spring Christmas”, when we would get dressed up in new outfits, hunt for colored eggs (after we painted and hid them), go out to dinner at a nice restaurant (in our new dress clothes) or have a formal dress up dinner party at home, and yes we would receive toys/gifts and candy!
As I got older, I questioned the lack of all the religious elements of this “Christian Holiday” in our annual observance, and began to beg the question “What does an adult sized “Bunny Rabbit” wandering around the globe (All overnight! Much like the St. Nick) delivering brightly painted colored eggs (Hard Boiled), and than later chocolate rabbits and marshmallow chicks (yeah, chickens) along with sweet tarts and other assorted candies, has to do with the Christian Sun-God Myth of Jesus, walking out of his (stone) tomb after a three day flat line?
But no one wanted to take that question, and those that did only gave answers as far-fetched as the Tooth Fairy/Santa Claus/ and yes…..The Easter Bunny! A figment of their bloody imagination. So I studied and researched to get to the truth myself.
The Ancient Pagan Fertility and Re-Birth Rites of this holiday predates Christianity, and in fact so is the “Slain and Risen” sun-god myth, which made it perfect for The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD to superimpose the “Christ Resurrection” sun-god myth over it. The council also decreed that the first Sunday after the full moon following the March Equinox shall be the day that the holiday wil be observed. That is why it’s is a “movable feast” and occurs on different dates world-wide, with the eastern churches using the Julian calendar, and the western churches using the Gregorian calendar. Even the name Easter was taken from the ancient goddess of the Vernal Equinox (Spring) “Eostre, (also known as Ostara, Austra, and Eastre.) One of the most revered aspects of Ostara for both ancient and modern observers is a spirit of renewal. Celebrated at Spring Equinox on March 21, Ostara marks the day when light is equal to darkness, and will continue to grow and renew.”
She was also known as “Ishtar” to the Assyrians and Babylonians, and “Easter” was her celebration, as she was a fertility & sex goddess. Offerings and Sex/Fertility rites were preformed in her honor, with the symbols of “Eggs & Rabbits” representing her powers of Birth and Renewal.
The Anglo-Saxons in the eight century adapted the name Eastra, the goddess of spring to the Christian resurrection celebration after the mandate of the Council of Nicaea, and named it Easter Sunday (Easter is always on a Sunday due to the Sun-God Myth).
Easter with Sex/Rebirth/Renewal/Fertility at it’s heart is a “Fertility Holiday”, with the thinly disguised right in your face symbols: Bunnies, Eggs and Spring Chicks I discovered in my research and study. All of this correlating with the mating season (spring) for most mammals to ensure reproduction. Modern terms like “Spring Cleaning” and “Rabbits Multiply” stem from Easter’s true nature.
Larry Boemler “Asherah and Easter,” Biblical Archaeology Review, Vol. 18, Number 3.
- The True Origin of Easter, 6 https://reg.org/books/ttooe.html
- Easton, M G. Easton’s Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893