Origin of Easter
Since the Easter celebration coincides with the Passover and the time of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, can we assume that Easter is of Christian origin?
“Easter” is derived from the name “Eastre” or “Eostre”, the Teutonic goddess of Spring. Though this is where the name of the feast begins, the practices of the feast go back to even earlier times-soon after the Flood of Noah’s day.
Noah had a son grandson named Nimrod.
“Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh, in Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh,” Genesis 10:8,9
Babylon was a major city and the centre of pagan religion. When Nimrod died, the Babylonian pagan religion that he had founded continued on. His wife, Queen Semiramus, ensured that this would be so by deifying Nimrod as a sun-god. He later became recognised as Baal, Bel, and many other names.
“Easter” is derived from the name “Eastre” or “Eostre”, the Teutonic goddess of Spring.Queen Semiramus gave birth to an illegitimate son, whom she named Tammuz, and claimed that her son had been miraculously conceived, and was Nimrod “reborn”. Thus began the worship of the Mother and Son, with the Mother having the greater importance.
Now, their ‘saviour’ Tammuz, was worshipped in the Spring. Legend has it that when Tammuz was killed, he mystically revived in the Spring, and represented a supposed resurrection from the nether world. So each Spring the people worshipped the ‘new life’ represented in new Spring growth.
Queen Semiramus became the Mother Goddess “Ishtar” or “Astate”, which was pronounced very similar to the word Easter. She became the goddess of Spring, sexual love and birth.
So Easter is not of Christian origin,1 but has pagan origins in line with Christmas! It is by deception of the Roman Church that it continues today, for its real origin remains suppressed to many. But its complete real origins, are also disclosed by the associated Easter customs…
What would Easter be like without the Easter Bunny and without Easter Eggs?
The ‘bunny’ is rather a misnomer-it was originally a hare. The hare was a sacred companion of the goddess Eostre. The hare was one of the most fertile animals known, a reputation helped by their frequent multiple births, and represented fertility in the celebration of Spring, associated as it is with new growth and new animal life. The bunny was first introduced to the Christian Easter celebration in the 16th Century in Germany, and spread from there to all places where Easter is celebrated.
Not surprisingly, the Easter Eggs have a similar pre-Christian origin, as they symbolised new birth and new life, again celebrated during the Spring feast to the goddess Eostre. The ancient Egyptians and Persians dyed eggs in the various colours of Spring, and distributed them to their friends.
Hot Cross Buns also bear the stamp of a pre-Christian celebration. Yes, they existed before Jesus was crucified on the cross. But the opportunity was taken to absorb into a Christian celebration a traditional marking that could now represent the cross on which our Saviour died. The real origin of the custom of eating hot cross buns is derived from the ancient times when pagans offered their god, Zeus, a cake baked in the form of a bull, with a cross upon it to represent its horns.
Part of the Roman Catholic Easter celebration consists of a forty-day period of fasting. Lent is a solemn period of repentance, fasting, and abstinence leading up to the festival of Easter. It lasts for six and a half weeks or 40 days excluding Sundays. During Lent, it is said, Christians may undertake a number of strategies to help them concentrate on their sins and try to do better. Traditionally this included avoiding luxuries such as sugar, not eating meat on Fridays (the day Jesus died), fasting on certain days (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday), praying and attending church more frequently. Today some Christians feel that they ought to do something more positive than simply denying themselves, so they may undertake some local project to help others or collect money for charity.
However, once again the origin of Lent has little to do with Easter, as its name suggests, for ‘Lent’ is derived from the Old English word ‘lencten’ meaning ‘Spring’. So once again we can trace an origin way back to the pre-Christian celebration of Spring. It was borrowed directly from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. Their period of Lent was of forty days, “in the spring of the year”. Such a period of forty days was also observed in Egypt2 and Mexico.