The True Pagan Origins of Easter

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Easter Sunday is a time when the Christians of the world are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whilst Christians and non-Christians alike will no doubt be feasting on chocolate eggs. The consumption of chocolate eggs is certainly not a Christian tradition and historians and Biblical scholars will universally admit that before ever becoming a Christian holiday, Easter is undoubtedly a pagan festival.


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The True Pagan Origins of Easter

This can be seen by the fact that the date of Easter weekend changes every year and it is due to Easter always being the first Sunday following the Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Unlike the word Christmas, the Word Easter also has pagan roots and history books can trace it to the Saxons, where Eastra was the Spring Goddess.

It wasn’t until the 8th century when the Anglo-Saxons took the name from the goddess and married her up with the resurrection of Jesus to form the new Christian holiday of Easter. Easter as a celebration goes back much further than the Saxons and some say it even goes as far back as the Sumerians and the legend of Damuzi (or Tammuz) and Ishtar (or Inanna). The legend is known as ‘The Descent of Inanna’ and was found inscribed on a 4,100-year-old clay tablet. As Tammuz dies, Ishtar follows him into the underworld where she gets judged, killed, and hung on display. Meanwhile, the earth goes into decline with crops failing, animals stop reproducing.

A lot of the information in this video comes from the brilliant article by Joanna Gillian from Ancient Origins and you can read this now at… for more detailed information. All images are taken from Google Images for educational purposes only.

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