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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?
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.
Almost all Christian "Traditions" Come from Pagan or other sources and influences
Definitly pagan origins, same as christmas and all the rest of the 'christian' holidays. Try getting a christian to see that though
Originally posted by okbmd
reply to post by Aquarius1
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.
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!
Um...actually, the real meaning of Easter is rooted in the Jewish Passover. Culture later added the bunnies and eggs.
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.