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Featured Is Easter Pagan?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Riders, Apr 3, 2022.

  1. Riders

    Riders Well-Known Member

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    Peter Cotton Tail easter eggs etc......................
     
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  2. Father Heathen

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    The name is literally that of a pagan goddess.
     
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  3. Guitar's Cry

    Guitar's Cry The "I" in Reality

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    Depends on how you celebrate.
     
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  4. The Hammer

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    I think most of the holidays have Pagan roots to them
     
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    Passover is Jewish. Much of Easter, from a Christian perspective, is a form of Passover modified to reflect the Passion of Christ. Ash Wednesday, fasting, communion, etc. are all Christian elements.

    The name "Easter" is Germanic and had pagan connotations but English is a Germanic language and is riddled with these sorts of things. Even the name "God" and the word "Hell" come from Germanic paganism so I don't think it's as simple as etymology.

    The question that I have is whether "easter eggs" and the "easter bunny" have pagan roots and whether or not the time that we celebrate Easter was influenced by Germanic paganism. I know that the Orthodox Church celebrates the similar holiday of pascha and they go by a different calendar. I do not know if these particular elements are pagan or not.
     
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  6. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    'Nuff said!
     
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    Early Christianity often promoted itself by co-opting the rituals, heroes, and festivals of those it came into contact with. Many Christian 'saints' were originally pagan heroes.

    Christmas, for example, is clearly NOT the birthday of Jesus since, according to the story, Jesus was born during the tax season. Instead, it is a co-opted version of the Roman festival of Saturnalia, a mid-winter festival.

    Easter is names for Astarte, a Canaanite goddess of sexuality (essentially the same as Ashura, as mentioned in the Bible). Many of the rituals are loosely associated with Celtic druidism.
     
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    Would you mind if I asked for a source linking Easter with Astarte?
     
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    Eostre was a pagan goddess of fertility (Spring time festival regarding the return of life to the land/crops/animals/etc...). Her name was taken as Easter.
    Eggs -- again, a big symbol for fertility and upcoming life is all from Eostre's celebrations.
     
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    why would celebrating an innocent man on a cross being tortured and brutalized to death be paganistic ?
     
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  12. Father Heathen

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    Funny, I thought it was the resurrection that was celebrated.
     
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    Éostre/Ostara may or may not have been an actual Anglosaxon/Germanic goddess, and the connection between her, the eggs, and the hare don't seem all that clear, and a lot of popular understanding of the pagan roots of Easter seems to be the result of very tenuous connections or in some cases outright fabrication.

    Ostara and the Hare: Not Ancient, but Not As Modern As Some Skeptics Think | Folklife Today

     
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    I remembered a good response but could not remember what it was. Fortunately I was able to find the thread. I remember we had a thread with some sensational and surprising posts on this topic. Here is one of them:
    @Rival

    I would not have thought of this.
     
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  15. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein I'm not deaf, I'm just a real bad listener
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    You make the same thread for Easter and Christmas, year after year, like clockwork. It gets the same replies and counter claims each time. Good grief.
     
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  16. Kooky

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    Did anybody force you to participate in these threads?
     
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    This thread again.. Yes, but I provided many posts about such things already
     
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  18. Aštra’el

    Aštra’el Aštara, Blade of Aštoreth

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    No.

    No, it is not. Astarte is connected with the names Aštoreth, Ištar, and Inanna, but not Easter.

    There is no “Ashura” in the Bible. The names “Asherah” and even “Ashtoreth” can be found, but not “Ashura”. The Christian holiday of Easter has nothing to do with Asherah or Ashtoreth.

    What rituals in particular are you referring to?
     
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    How wouldn't it be?
     
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    Following this logic, it would mean Easter is Pagan in English but Jewish in my native language.:confused:
     
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