the Scandinavian Thor); but together with these some milder deities like the goddess of spring, Eostre
, from whom our Easter is named.
But rather than admit that, we hopped on to Google and discovered the Easter Bunny originates from Eostre
, the pagan Goddess of Easter, who changed a bird into a hare.
The cotton-tailed rabbit and egg that we all associate with Easter actually harks back to the goddess of dawn Eostre
, who is a symbol of the fertility and life, which is celebrated every Spring, and happens to fall around the same time as Easter.
The name Easter was arguably taken from either Eostre
, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility, or hebdomada alba, which means white week in Latin,A (http://www.
The pagan is here, certainly, and clearly the Catholic, and the book's frequent evocations of Easter, the Christian holiday entirely co-opted from the pagan Eostre
, and that season's celebrations of fertility, birth, babies, salvation and love, recombine the two divergent spiritual paths: "Vinegar/into the dye and the rosary--my Easter necklace--// green as the spring needles," Vap writes in "Eggtooth.
Another legend says that the Anglo Saxon goddess Eostre
, who gave her name to Eostremonath, or April, and from which Easter derives its name, found a wounded bird and turned it into a hare so it could survive the winter.
According to the 8th-century English church historian, the Venerable Bede, Easter appears to be derived from Eostre
(or Eastre), a Saxon mother goddess of fertility and renewal whose feast was celebrated during April as Eostur-monath (month).
The Celts believed their goddess, Eostre
, turned into a hare at full moon and the Romans saw the animal as an emblem of fertility, lust, rampant growth and excess.
Grant, Edinburgh THE Easter Bunny - or perhaps more correctly the Easter Hare - was associated with the pagan celebration of the goddess Eostre
, from whom the word Easter is derived.
An Anglo-Saxon legend tells how the Saxon goddess Eostre
found a wounded bird and transformed it into a hare, so that it could survive the winter.
In pre-Christian Britain, the hare was associated with the spring goddess Eostre
, and a connection lives on in the Easter Bunny celebrations.
First century BC: Easter got its name from Eostre
, the name of an ancient Pagan goddess who was sometimes represented with the head of a hare.