Pagan Origins of Easter
'When Christians attempted to convert pagans from their traditional
beliefs, the native people of Europe were initially resistant to
discarding the beliefs and values that had guided them successfully
for thousands of years. Realizing that it was difficult to get people
to give up their relation to nature and the recollection of their
past, the Christian conversion effort adopted and modified the pagan
traditions, while replacing cyclical nature with an invisible, inert
god and a personal, linear human idol to worship as its
'The name Easter comes from an ancient European goddess of the dawn
called Eostre by the Anglo-Saxons and Ostara by the Germanic peoples.
She is also known as Eostra, Eostrae, Eostar, Eastre, Easter, Estre,
Eástre, and Austra by various European peoples. Her name means
“movement towards the rising sun” and is related to the Indo-European
root word Aus which means “to shine”. The English words estrus and
estrogen are also derived from her name. She was considered the
goddess of the growing light and spring, associated with fertility and
celebrated with a festival of rebirth.'
Who was Eostre?
'When Christian monks worked mendaciously to gain followers by
destroying pagan history and defaming the elder gods as demons, they
had no weapons to deface the innocence of Eostre. Instead, they
adopted her holiday and attempted to graft their values onto it.
The blessings of spring were personified in the goddess Ostara, whose
festival of Easter, is dear to the Germans after the long cold winters
in the forest, is still called after her name, though the God of the
Christians claims the worship once accorded to the spring. Ostara’s
favorite animal was the hare, which to this day still brings the
Easter eggs to the little children.
– Thomas Bulfinch, “The Golden Age of Myth & Legend”
'As Christianity rose and the ways of the “Old Religion” were shunned,
people took to hiding the eggs and having children make a game out of
finding them. This would take place with all the children of the
village looking at the same time in everyone’s gardens and beneath
fences and other spots.
It is said, however, that those people who sought to seek out Pagans
and witches, witches would bribe children with coins or candy , and
once those children uncovered eggs on someone’s property, that person
was then accused of practicing the old ways. Punishment back then was
Death or Jail which usually ended in Torture or being Tortured to
death to force Pagans to convert to Christianity In other Words Easter
Eggs hunts were used to hunt Pagans and Witches by using Children to
search for Eggs .'
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