Does Easter have pagan roots? Somebunny correct this error.

Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols (like the egg and bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols (or did you actually think eggs and bunnies had anything to do with the resurrection?) After Constantine decided to Christianize the Empire, Easter was changed to represent Jesus. But at its roots, Easter (which is how you pronounce Ishtar) is all about celebrating fertility and sex.

Yikes! Who wants to unknowingly, let alone knowingly, commit cultural appropriation of pagan sex festivals in an effort to honor the most central miracle of the Christian faith? Not I.

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Ixchel and Rabbit. (Not Ishtar and her hare.)
  • A 1470 engraving The Temptation of Jesus has three by three rabbits at the feet of Jesus Christ [12]
  • Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut of 1497 The Holy Family with the Three Hares, showing two hares next to each other and the other going down toward a hole with a stone rolled next to it (below)
  • Hans Baldung Grien 1512–1516 painted the altar for the Freiburg Cathedral with the second panel representing Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth where he painted the rabbits about the feet of Mary and Elizabeth (below)
  • Titan’s Madonna and Child with St. Catherine and a Rabbit which was painted in 1530 (below)
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