Easter and the Dying Man-God Motif

Elpidio Valdes


Let me break down most celebrated of Christian holidays: Easter

The name „Easter“ originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and Gods. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after a Germanic fertility goddess, Eostra. [1] She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe and was said to have owned an egg-laying rabbit. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: „Eastre.“

Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime. Some were:

  • Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus
  • Ashtoreth from ancient Israel
  • Astarte from ancient Greece
  • Demeter from Mycenae
  • Hathor from ancient Egypt
  • Ishtar from Assyria
  • Kali from India
  • Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility.

A more generally accepted theory is that “Easter” comes from the German word Ostern, which…

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