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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Easter Bunny - Ancient Symbol of Fertility

“According to the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of 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.” 

there's something charming about the tale of Eostra and the fertile bunny delivering eggs. It's less charming now that it's been co-opted by Christianity into a celebration of scapegoating our sins with a human sacrifice.