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What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

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posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:13 AM
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What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?

Analysis by Lauren Effron | Fri Apr 2, 2010 07:59 AM ET There's no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.

And real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs.

So why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?

Well, nothing.

Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. They were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

According to University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration -- and the Easter bunny -- can be traced back to 13th century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility. According to History.com, Easter eggs represent Jesus' resurrection. However, this association came much later when Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Germany in the 15th century and merged with already ingrained pagan beliefs.

The first Easter bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children's Literature and Culture.

The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.


So while you're scarfing down chocolate bunnies (hey, I hear chocolate is good for you!) and marshmallow chicks this Easter Sunday, think fondly of this holiday's origins and maybe even impress your friends at your local Easter egg hunt.

Happy Easter!


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As a non-Christian I often wondered where the Easter Bunny tradition came from, seems to me the conspiracy lies in commercialism, yesterday I asked a number of my Christian friends what the bunny and eggs had to do with Easter and none of them knew the answer, so I set out to find the answer.

 

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posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:16 AM
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Almost all Christian "Traditions" Come from Pagan or other sources and influences.
Strange how people are just happy to celebrate and join in the "Holy" festival but not many (as your chat with friends demonstrated) actually think of the how and why of what they're celebrating.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:19 AM
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Great thread Aquarius1 S&F!


I knew the rabbit and eggs were signs of rebirth and spring but, I never knew where all this stuff originated from.

Thanks for the cool info.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:21 AM
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I am doing major research on the Gnostic's aka: Pagan now and have not come across this information as of yet, but certainly have learned that many traditions today do indeed come from the Pagans, you are correct blupblup.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:40 AM
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Surely you are missing the part of the resurrection:


Why? because it had to be posted.




posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:43 AM
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South Park has a great Easter special episode that is very much worth watching.

www.southparkstudios.com...



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:45 AM
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watch robin williams, live on broadway. he does a bit about this. hilarious.

"biting the head off a chocolate jesus? biting into a cream filled crucifix? even little kids know "hey, rabbits dont lay eggs?"



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:53 AM
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Thanks, I knew there was a reason I signed on today.


I'll have to drop this little diddy after grace tomorrow before we devour our traditional Easter Ham.
(My spousal unit and her family are all Catholic.) I was going to ask about the Pope.




Thanks...kk



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:56 AM
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Well Santa Claus it just a minor subsidurary of the Coke corperation why not easter be run by Nestlé.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:56 AM
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Christianity despite some of the snippets of metaphorical and esoteric knowledge interlaced into the Bible is really a political control cult that utilizes religion and monotheism for the sake of control and political power.

Yet the many Gods still must be appeased or Thor will let your crops whither and die!

So they just pretend all these holidays have something to do with Christianity and Jesus and the Christians themselves have no idea that they are taking part in rituals to appease the other Gods.

Jesus was not born in December but we celebrate Yule pretending he is.

The metaphorical Crucifixion and resurrection didn’t happen in April or even Jerusalem for that matter, but we celebrate Easter all the same, pretending that it is.

Now every one say Amen and dedicate this post to an Egyptian God like good Christians do!



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 11:58 AM
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13th century preChristian Germany? Huh?

"In 751 Pippin III, mayor of the palace under the Merovingian king, himself assumed the title of king and was anointed by the Church."

The above quote taken from Wikipedia.

Most of the lands of what is now modern Germany were under Frankish rule and the official religion was Christianity, that being of the Roman Catholic Church.

Charlemagne ruled what is now Germany, plus most of Eastern Europe and was coronated emporer in 800 CE in Rome.

Just saying, this article might have some basis in history, but I'm not quite sure about it, because Germany was part of a Christian empire long before the 16th Century.

The Protestant Reformation occured in the 16th Century. It occured due to corrupt RCC. Couldn't very well suffer under centuries of control by the first Christian Church if the area was preChristian. Yes?



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:01 PM
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Easter = eastre , semiramis , astarte , astaroth , ashtoreth , aphrodite , ishtar , isis , hathor , htar , ostara , oestre , etc., etc., etc.

Definitly pagan origins, same as christmas and all the rest of the 'christian' holidays. Try getting a christian to see that though ...

I've actually posted a thread exposing the fallacy of one part of the 'christian' belief system... Christianity is a Conspiracy...
feel free to add your input there.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:01 PM
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Easter = eastre , semiramis , astarte , astaroth , ashtoreth , aphrodite , ishtar , isis , hathor , htar , ostara , oestre , etc., etc., etc.

Definitly pagan origins, same as christmas and all the rest of the 'christian' holidays. Try getting a christian to see that though ...

I've actually posted a thread exposing the fallacy of one part of the 'christian' belief system... Christianity is a Conspiracy...
feel free to add your input there.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:07 PM
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Almost all Christian "Traditions" Come from Pagan or other sources and influences

Well, the whole Easter bunny thing isn't really a Christian tradition. I'd say it's more a cultural tradition than a Christian one. Go to any church tomorrow. I bet that it will be difficult to find an Easter bunny or egg.

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Definitly pagan origins, same as christmas and all the rest of the 'christian' holidays. Try getting a christian to see that though

Um...actually, the real meaning of Easter is rooted in the Jewish Passover. Culture later added the bunnies and eggs.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by okbmd
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I've actually posted a thread exposing the fallacy of one part of the 'christian' belief system... Christianity is a Conspiracy...
feel free to add your input there.


Agree with you on this one, to make manners worse whatever it meant in the first place, if anything, has been long lost with Easter eggs and little bunnies, I can understand why people are turning away from religion more and More today.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:16 PM
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Christianity despite some of the snippets of metaphorical and esoteric knowledge interlaced into the Bible is really a political control cult that utilizes religion and monotheism for the sake of control and political power.

That whole political control thing is working well in Asia and the Middle East, isn't it?


Yet the many Gods still must be appeased or Thor will let your crops whither and die!

Huh?


So they just pretend all these holidays have something to do with Christianity and Jesus and the Christians themselves have no idea that they are taking part in rituals to appease the other Gods.

Christmas was chosen, by Rome, to be celebrated when it was to make Christianity more appealing to pagans when Christianity became compulsory. It has nothing to do with the actual worship of pagan deities.

Easter is celebrated when it is because of Passover. The events that are commemorated during the Easter season happened during Passover (which is going on right now).


Jesus was not born in December but we celebrate Yule pretending he is.

Yeah, no Christian denies that Jesus wasn't born in December. The Bible doesn't really say when he was born. See above for why Christmas is celebrated when it is.


The metaphorical Crucifixion and resurrection didn’t happen in April or even Jerusalem for that matter, but we celebrate Easter all the same, pretending that it is.

Oh yeah? Proof?


Now every one say Amen and dedicate this post to an Egyptian God like good Christians do!

Actually, the Egyptian God "Amen" has many names. For example: Amon, Amun, Imen, and in reconstructed Egyptian, Yamanu. Basically, when people say this nonsense about the interjection "amen" they're just throwing away the words meaning ("let it be so") and looking at one of the lesser used names for the Egyptian God Amun, and saying, "By golly! Lookie there!"



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:21 PM
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Hmm how do we gets these kids to buy into our religous BS. Ah ha chocolate, fluffy cute things. Yes and presents at Christmas with a magic story, that'll get them in.

Or something like that I think it all for the kids, get em when there young.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:21 PM
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Um...actually, the real meaning of Easter is rooted in the Jewish Passover. Culture later added the bunnies and eggs.


Except that is all rooted in fiction too. Moses was the last of the Hyksos Dynasty Pharaohs in Egypt, the Hapiri/Habiru which the Bible teaches you are the Hebrew were in fact in complete control of Egypt and tyrannizing the people, as they previously had done in Babylon and other places, after taking over there.

In fact the Hebrew was never slaves, but were slave traders. What they are actually celebrating is the Passover of this great work of fiction on you and the world!

The Hebrew by the way still won’t speak the name(s) of their God(s) and while archeological history shows absolutely no evidence of a Middle Eastern or African God named Yahweh there still are some yet to be erased references to Yahwesheh, Canaanite Patron God of Pirates and Mercenaries which the Hapiri/Habiru very much were.

Everything about the trio of Abraham’s religions and one God is almost entirely fiction that no actual real archeological evidence substantiates outside of the control cult books that sprang up to propagate and promote those religions.

If I am lying may God ban me from ATS now!

See you at my next post!

Thanks



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:23 PM
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Christmas was chosen, by Rome, to be celebrated when it was to make Christianity more appealing to pagans when Christianity became compulsory. It has nothing to do with the actual worship of pagan deities.


Excellent points ototom, especially the point I quoted, the Pagan's were forced to join the new religion, if they didn't they were slaughtered wholesale.



posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 12:25 PM
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Think about what you're saying. If Easter as we know it now was about getting people to become religious, "they" are miserably failing. No one really knows why Easter is even celebrated now-a-days.




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