I was having lunch with my friend Jackie at the Round House Cafe when she went on a rant about the Easter Bunny and colored eggs and what all that could possibly have to do with the resurrection of Christ.
We both agreed that Easter has its roots in a pagan holiday. Thinking it most likely had something to do with fertility and spring, we still didn’t know the origins.
Then Jan emailed me some information about Ishtar. The Goddess of love, war, fertility and prostitutes. It seems Ishtar can spread some light on the subject.
Basically on the same day many people now celebrate Easter, Ishtar, a Sumerian Goddess emerging from the underworld, was reborn and brought new life with her. Something like Spring.
Then there’s the pagan festival of Eostre, which is all about renewal and a Saxon Goddess who goes by the same name. He story revolves around her egg laying rabbit and fertility.
There are lots of renewal and rebirth stories throughout the world and throughout time. Like fairy tales, they are ever changing to fulfill our needs and help us make sense of our world. Right now Easter seems to dominate, but I’m liking Ishtar’s story myself.
And simple old spring, of course, the oldest story of rebirth.
You can watch short video about Ishtar here and read about her and Eostre too.
What ever you choose to celebrate, may your day be filled with new life.