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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
The Pagan Easter.
This week I’ve been studying the origins of Easter. And, friends – I’m disturbed when I realize how many of our present-day holidays and celebrations have roots in Paganism. It’s confusing and upsetting, to say the least. And it occured to me – as UNCOMFORTABLE as it is, I have to seek wisdom about the things I do in my life, including traditions like Easter.
I am not claiming all of this as truth, I am simply saying, this is what I’ve found in my research.
The roots of Easter are actually found LONG before Christ was on this earth. The name “Easter” is not biblical in the slightest and many scholars agree it is directly attributed to Pagan gods and godesses, most notably, “Eostre” (also known as Ishtar) the goddess of Spring and/or fertility who is said to have originated in Babylon. Her occult simbols included the bunny or rabbit.
One legend goes like this:
The grandson of the biblical Noah was called Nimrod. (You can find that part in Genesis). He ruled a massive post-flood kingdom as a tyrranical and corrupt king who lead people away from God. He ruled several major cities including Babel, Asshur, Nineveh, and Calah.
When he died, his wife (Samiramis, who was also his Mother) deified him and called him a sun-god. He is known throughout history in the pagan religion as Baal, Baalim, Bel, and Molech. Samiramis had another son later who she claimed was Nirmod reborn, or, reincarnated. It gets weirder – she also said this son, Tammus/Mithras, was a supernatural conception- the promised savior sent by her god. Nimrod was later known as the god of the sun, ‘father of creation’. Semiramis became the goddess of the moon and fertility, most known as . Tammuz became a pagan-worshiped “savior” who was worshipped specifically in the Spring. Legend says after Tammuz was killed, he went down to the underworld but his mother’s relentless weaping (she wept for 40 days, same as Lent) he was ‘resurrected’. In Spring, Pagans celebrated this said resurrection.
With Babel destroyed, the people moved to various areas, bringing their Pagan beliefs with them – including the worship of various false gods and human sacrifices – much of which was founded on the worship of the original Baal and Semiramis (later known as ISHTAR or Eostre – where we get EASTER).
Some of the readings I found merged Semiramis (sometimes spelled Samiramis) and Eostre as one, some sources spoke of two seperate godesses. Either way, they were false gods.
There are many stories about “Easter”, all very intertwined and connected to Pagan beliefs and ancient gods. Other stories suggests that Oestre (Easter) the goddess of fertility had many, many lovers. The spawn of these lovers include the likes of Thor, Satyr, and Parcae. This legend also points to Oestre as the godess of the Universe, with eggs and rabbits as her symbols of power.
|A painting of Ostara/Oestre, goddess of fertility.|
We actually don’t even speak about the idea of an Easter Bunny. We do paint eggs, but now my mind is reeling about that. And what about Easter Egg hunts and chocolate and all these earthly ‘celebrations’? As I sit and close my eyes, I am thankful for a God of GRACE. That dispite me and all this world and all these roots… God’s grace covers all my “I don’t knows”.
Sisters and brothers – what are your thoughts? Please, share them below.
A video worth watching, “Easter Exposed”
(Please realize these are only links to sites I found. Please use your own convictions to decipher them!)
Hippity Hoppity: Rabits for Easter
Easter and Spring Equinox
Interesting reads from a Pagan site
Another interesting article for consideration
12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see
if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which was brought upon me,
which the LORD inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Lamentations 1:12.