Is Easter really the pagan goddess Eostre?

Easter - festival of Ostara

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The roots can be found in the pagan cult of the goddess Ostara

Easter goes back to the spring sacrifice festival Ostarun (Old High German Easter), which was dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon goddess Ostarte (Eostre), a Nordic variant of the Astarte. She was also celebrated as the goddess of dawn, spring, the rebirth of nature (awakening) and fertility. At Ostarun it was customary to offer eggs to the goddess in gratitude for her kindness. These were initially buried in the ground (to stimulate fertility) and only later given away to other people. On the other hand, a kind of sword dance has been handed down, with which the winter powers should be defeated. Easter eggs The egg has a long tradition in human history in which it has always stood for fertility as a symbol of life: In the oldest myths, the Great Goddess (initially no male deity existed) gave birth to the world egg, which contains the embryo of the universe. Consequently, the Egyptian hieroglyph for the cosmic egg was identical to that for the embryo lying in a woman's lap. Eggs were found as grave goods in Roman-Germanic graves from the 4th century. This custom is related to the idea - just as there is no beginning and no end with the egg, there is also no death, but all life is in the eternal cycle of rebirth. This also makes the relationship to the Christian message of the resurrection clear and the takeover of the eggs by Christianity can be explained. Incidentally, the Easter eggs are traditionally colored red, as red has always been the color of life (lifeblood is red).Easter Bunny The Easter bunny is not an invention of Christianity either. As a symbol of the great goddess, he was assigned to her as the sacred moon hare. Presumably he was also considered a symbol of fertility. In the German-speaking countries, the myths of the Astarte, who laid the golden egg of the sun, were revived and converted into popular custom, so that it was the Easter bunny who brought the eggs. takeover Christian Easter has only been celebrated since the late Middle Ages and has been modified after the name of the goddess Ostarte. Just as Christianity has appropriated almost all imaginable pagan cult celebrations and attributes and written them on their flags. The pagan origins of Easter can be proven by its dependence on the old lunar calendar. The festival falls on the Sunday after the first full moon, which follows the spring equinox. In old myths one can read that “at this point in time the pregnant phase of the Ostara passed into the time of maturity” (Barbara Walker: The secret knowledge of women).

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