The pagan roots of Easter-Noting How Many Pagan Rituals Christianity Adopted As Its Own

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In the last week or so, we've seen a spate of religious based arguments, as we see quite often here in the Gulch. Although I've known of the Christian adoption of all things Pagan for some time, this article lays out some of the most egregious such as Christmas, Easter, Black Friday, the death and rebirth of the son (sun) and others. The impact of knowledge like this points to hypocracy of religions as really power players in society. Enjoy:

"Easter is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox, whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection. However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we enjoy today at Easter. The general symbolic story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the constellation of the Southern Cross) and his rebirth, overcoming the powers of darkness, was a well worn story in the ancient world. There were plenty of parallel, rival resurrected saviours too."
SOURCE URL: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism?CMP=ema_565


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  • Posted by Snoogoo 4 years, 6 months ago
    I have to give it to the ancient Christians.. they were great sales people. Knowing it would be nearly impossible to get their friends to change long entrenched traditions and beliefs, they just repackaged everything and put a cross on it. It was either that or be martyred out of existence.
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  • Posted by woodlema 4 years, 6 months ago
    "ALL OF THEM!!!."

    Even the ONE holiday Christians are "commanded" to celebrate has been co-opted by pagan "Easter"
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topi...
    "The English word Easter, which parallels the German word Ostern, is of uncertain origin. One view, expounded by the Venerable Bede in the 8th century, was that it derived from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. "

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17597617
    http://news.discovery.com/history/what-d...
    http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-leg...

    The origins of Easter customs

    The most widely-practiced customs on Easter Sunday relate to the symbol of the rabbit (‘Easter bunny’) and the egg. As outlined previously, the rabbit was a symbol associated with Eostre, representing the beginning of Springtime. Likewise, the egg has come to represent Spring, fertility and renewal. In Germanic mythology, it is said that Ostara healed a wounded bird she found in the woods by changing it into a hare. Still partially a bird, the hare showed its gratitude to the goddess by laying eggs as gifts.

    The Encyclopedia Britannica clearly explains the pagan traditions associated with the egg: “The egg as a symbol of fertility and of renewed life goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians, who had also the custom of colouring and eating eggs during their spring festival.” In ancient Egypt, an egg symbolized the sun, while for the Babylonians, the egg represents the hatching of the Venus Ishtar, who fell from heaven to the Euphrates.





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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 4 years, 6 months ago
    This says the resurrection story in Christianity may be based partly on Ishtar, who appears in Gilgamesh, the oldest story known to humankind.
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    • Posted by woodlema 4 years, 6 months ago
      Not quite. The resurrection of Jesus was foretold in Genesis, long before Ishtar. However, the Passover the Jews celebrated foreshadowed Jesus. Jesus and his 12 were celebrating the annual "Passover" which was also called the Lords Evening Meal, or the Last Supper. Jesus commanded his disciples to continue doing this in remembrance, and changed the Passover into the annual celebration/memorial of Christ's death. Easter was not incorporated into this Christian holiday until many centuries later when the Catholic Church adopted pagan rituals into the Christian in order to pacify the newly conquered pagans.
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