Even Easter is about sex.

Ever wonder why brightly colored eggs and bunnies come with the Christian celebration of Jesus’ gruesome death and resurrection? It’s because Christianity co-opted Easter from the Pagans. These holiday traditions are remnants of Eostre.

In present times, every Easter morning, millions head out to church to celebrate Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. The traditional celebration consists of the priests turning their congregation to the EAST to watch the sun rise, a co-opted symbol of Jesus (god’s SON-SUN) rising from the dead.
(*Fun fact, December 25th–what Christians now call Christmas–was originally a celebration of the sun’s stopped movement at the lowest point in the sky, near the constellation of the southern crux, for 3 days. On December 25th, the sun moves up again–rises–from its lowest point on the crux. Translated: the sun died on the cross for three days and was resurrected. The more you know…)

The Christian Easter is laced with the original Pagan celebration of fertility. Gods associated with the celebration were the goddess Eostre, who represented new life, the goddess Cybele, who represented fertility, as well as the god Attis, the god of ever-reviving vegetation. Eostre, or “festival of the spring”, started as an earth-oriented celebration of the vernal equinox, when the sun grants equal light and darkness. Eostre celebrated the sun that had risen and would now give new life. Festivities centered around all that blossoms and prospers with the return of the sun–a show of gratitude and respect to fertility and life.

Rabbits were used as a symbol of fertility as they are one of the most rapidly pro-creating (translated: hella sexing) animals. Brightly colored eggs, a symbol of new life, were decorated like the rays of the sun and the northern lights for the gods. The eggs were then nestled amongst the various graves of the deceased.

This was surprising information for me when I began investigating the Christian tradition more deeply as a teenager.

One of my gripes with Christianity is that it swallows up sooo many Pagan holidays and replaces all worship of the “sun” – the original god of humans – with “son of god”, aka Jesus. Christian sects erase the rich history and origins of past celebrations of the earth with arrogant co-optation after arrogant co-optation. Valentines Day, Christmas, Easter…the list of stolen holidays is a long one. The holiday was officially dubbed “Christian” when the First Council of Nicaea, the group of bishops in AD 300 who are responsible for deciding what “Christianity” would be, decided that the 1st Sunday after the full moon, right in time for the Pagans’ Eostre celebration, would be called “Easter”. Pretty funny given that Ezekiel claims:

“The Almighty God said He hated this imagery and idolatry, and called all such ceremonies of the pagans great abominations!”

Lol. Oh, Christianity.

Happy Eostre everyone! ;D

24 thoughts on “Even Easter is about sex.

  1. I am pagan myself and have been brough up on pagan traditions and not christian ones (talking about holidays). I always find it fasinateing how the same holiday in two religions can be so diffrent yet similar.
    also it is more often called Ostara now but the name you used is also correct just a diffrent spelling.

  2. Speaking as a Pagan, they don’t even really have the right timing for it anymore, so they’re just taking our ancestor’s traditions and fucking with them, the vernal equinox falls anywhere between March 19 – 23 depending on the year, as to what day the actual equinox is on.

    I think a lot of people get upset when I point out that the Christians basically stole all our holidays and then added an unhealthy dose of repression, guilt and self-hate to the mix and created the current worship of the Church, not Jesus. I’m sure that if he existed and spoke of things the way it says he did in the bible, that he would be a pretty awesome guy to have known at the time, but I still think the world would be a much better place if people hadn’t made a religion out of a couple of years of good speeches and a guy who was a genuinely awesome individual. All the rest of the hubub about him rising from the dead and la-de-da is heresay.

    I think it’s pretty interesting that paganism is the fastest growing faith in the world, and Christianity is the fastest shrinking, but yet they are still seen as the predominant religion, in the Western world anyways, and all of their holidays are still held sacred (everything being closed on the day they chose to worship), but when I tell my school that I can’t write my exam on May 1st because it’s a holiday for me, they tell me to write the exam and then go fuck outside. It’s messed up. So much for religious freedom.

    Anyways, awesome post! Love your blog and videos! Keep up the awesome work!

    • “Speaking as a Pagan, they don’t even really have the right timing for it anymore, so they’re just taking our ancestor’s traditions and fucking with them”

      Am I the only one who finds this a bit silly? Just so you know your modern version of Paganism is likely just as different from ancient Paganism as modern Christianity is from first century Christianity. Claiming authority as a member and saying that they’re “fucking” with “your” ancestor’s traditions is frankly laughable.

      • Brad – no you are not the only one that find’s Jade’s comment a bit silly. But she is allowed to claim ancestorship… but she needs to realize that they are probably the ancestors of the Christians as well.

        Jade – Even pagans ‘fuck with’ pagan holidays. Over years and centuries religions of all kinds change and mutate into what society at that time needs them to be. What is important is that the ‘Core’ of what is being worshiped and celebrated stays the same. When I was learning my pagan faith I was taught that as long as you got the celebration close (+/- 3 days) it still counted. And as far as your ‘Holiday’ of Beltaine being May 1st, some pagans (like myself) consider it to be April 30th. So as one pagan to another pagan… do your fucking on the 30th or even the 29th, the powers that be won’t care and your responsibilities will be taken care of. Religion is not put in place as a scapegoat for not getting work done. And to my knowledge employers are suppose to make reasonable accommodation for religious practices, but schools.. I am not sure if they are held to the same laws. If you really felt strongly that you can prove that your religious obligations prevented you from writing your exam then you could have taken it up with a higher authority.

        One of the things that made paganism feel right to me is that is flexible, or at least how I learned paganism. The scared and the secular must be able to co-exist harmoniously in order to function to it’s fullest benefit.

  3. A story I heard about the ‘Easter Bunny’ was Eostre found an injured bird and the only way to save it was to turn it into a hare (which is sacred to Her) though when She did the transformation was incomplete and the hare could still lay eggs. Everytime the hare laid an egg it would decorate it and give it to Eostre as a gift of thanks.

    I’m a Pagan, but I’m also not a crazy religious freak.

  4. I was a neo-pagan(I realize modern “pagan” religions are usually NOT like real pagan beliefs, NEO-pagan, is a term for modern “pagan”-based religions) for a while, so old news here, but I have to admit I find it annoying that christians just sort of co-opted traditions from other cultures and now there is a lot of ignorance about the origins of a lot of “christian” practices as a side effect.

  5. But Easter wasn’t just placed on some random day of the year – it’s near Passover because that’s when Jesus was actually crucified (according to biblical tradition, which predates the Council of Nicaea). Not to say that early Christians didn’t intend to co-opt pagan holidays (I’m sure they did) but that wasn’t the entire purpose.

    • Might be true, but, nice as i am sure he was, it’s just a bit too much of Jesus, doing the whole coming back to life in a pagan festival of life, so you dont have to remember two dates.

  6. When this started I thought you were going to say, “Because Christians are pagans.”

    And at least people who worship a star are actually worshipping something that gives life.

  7. Before I discovered atheism I discovered paganism, so this is no surprise to me.
    I still really like many festivals and pagan traditions minus the god bit and I totally think that the main religions seems sterile compared to the rich past of celebrating nature. If anything, our natural universe seems much more awe-inspiring and should be praised way more than some random guy in the sky who doesn’t seem concerned at all with anything besides humans. Quite disrespectful and selfish, if you ask me. If only Christianity adopted a respect for the Earth like pagan tradition, things would probably be so much more different now.
    Happy Eostre/ day before discounted sweets! :D

  8. I am an atheist, but I do celebrate a secular version of what Christians call “Christmas”. With the tree and everything, which according to the Bible is also a great pagan abomination. But I have no trouble with people making their own variants of old holidays. Remixing and sampling has created many interesting things.

    • Dude, I don’t know where you found this guy, but he’s hilarious. “There’s nothing comparable to the resurrection of Jesus in any Pagan sources.” That’s a good one – I’m gonna be quoting him all week.

      Even just in Bullfinch’s survey of Greek mythology there are three comparable resurrections and 6 virgin births that I can list off the top of my head; I’m sure there are more of each. And that’s just from the Greeks, who were less of an influence than the Egyptians. AND Bullfinch specifically commented on those myths being similar to the birth of Christ, and immediately posited his belief that this mighty empire that spread across the entire known world, had stolen its beliefs from some insignificant desert nomads. Because that is so very likely.

      • well I’ve always thguoht that it was the nature of culture to transmit, propagate, recombine and cross pollinate we call this appropriation when we have (or think we have) a political point to make, but having a cultural life without appropriation is a bit like eating without chewing unless you live in such isolation that your assimilations are within one culture, between different part of it.I am Pagan (which is to say neopagan), and I get a little weary of claims of Christian appropriation, especially when in terms of modern Paganism it could be argued that it is on occasion the other way round in fact. Further more, the suggestion that folk lore is essentially Pagan is not really supportable. A lot of folk lore is Christian, and why shouldn’t it be? Folk lore is a popular culture, and Christian populations have popular and underground folk cultures too. There really isn’t much indication that Easter is named after the goddess Ostara (who I think was mentioned once by Bede, and that’s about it for our records of her). We assume that Easter was named after Ostara, and her name refers to the East and dawn. But there’s nothing to say that this is so, and it’s a simpler inference to assume that Christians used the common root referring to the East and dawn for their own festival. I have no doubt that Christians borrowed and adapted elements from outside the Judaic cultural stream, so of course there will be Pagan elements in Christianity. There’s only so much cultural language available at any one time. That didn’t make them anything other than Christian though. And if it turns out that there actually wasn’t a festival called Ostara at the Spring equinox involving a fertility goddess by that name, eggs and hares, will people stay true to their accusations and say hey, we took this from you dudes, we better give it all back now . I doubt it, and it wouldn’t be the point.Enjoy the cultural flux it’s probably the one thing about our religions that is genuinely old ;0)

  9. Laci, you’re awesome, but I feel you’re reading more malice into this than there actually is. Yes, the name and the way we celebrate Easter today was co-opted from a pagan holiday, but the timing is coincidental in that regard. Jesus was executed around the time of Passover, so we Christians observe Good Friday and Easter the same week as Passover. Christmas’ timing is based on the pagan holiday at the same time, yes, but Easter is timed with the Jewish holiday which Jesus observed before his execution.

  10. I read somewhere that Christians stole those holidays on purpose to get Pagans to join their church. In the Christians’ eyes, it helped make the Pagans be more comfortable with Christianity, therefore making them more easily converted.

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