Friday, April 14, 2006



Just a religious thought ..Wouldn't it be fun if we could get all the religous over the top nutcases out here to wear bunny ears this weekend. Then we could all put the slipper on (in). Loads more fun than easter egg hunts.

Bit of Easter History:

Quite a few pagan cultures hold celebrations in the spring. It's the time of year when plants return to life after being dormant all winter and when animals mate and procreate. These festivities celebrate the renewal of life and promote the fertility of crops, animals, and even people, which was important in these agrarian communities. The Saxons believed in a maiden goddess of fertility named Eastre or Eostre (Oestre in Latin) and honored her with a spring festival. Hares and rabbits were considered sacred to Eastre because they are notoriously fertile animals.

In the second century A.D., Christian missionaries tried to convert northern European tribes. To help make Christianity attractive, the missionaries turned pagan festivals into Christian holidays. The pagan Eastre festival occurred around the same time as the Christian celebration marking Christ's resurrection so the two celebrations blended into one, rabbit and all.

Over time, Eastre became Easter, and the symbolism changed as well. Instead of the Easter rabbit symbolizing fertility, the rabbit may symbolize an innocent, vulnerable creature that can be sacrificed, similar to the lamb. To Christians, these innocents are tokens of Christ and the sacrifice he made.
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wendy said...

Happy Easter to you too Oigal,
Pagan/Christian whatever else, i'm still into the "there's one 'God' but many roads lead there" school - to each their own journey. (not sure which one i'm on though!)
The whole pagan celebration of life, spring/Christian resurrection thing?.... i'm looking out at a quite lovely autumn tree!! obviously need some of that christian ingeniousness(?.. or should that read audacity?!) to reconcile that one!

oigal said...

Yea Happy Easter..

Doesn't worry me what people believe as long as they keep to themselves.

Mind you the old romans might have been closer than what we think..all those old crazy Gods going around crating havoc for humans to keep themselves amused..would explain a bit..