You’ve been forewarned by the title.
I was curious about the origin of the Easter Bunny, so now I have a new blog post!
The Easter Bunny or Easter Hare got his start much like good old Kris Kringle – in Germany – or more specifically in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. And just like Santa Claus, the whole point was to take an extremely important and foundational event in the Christian faith, slap a fuzzy round face on it and turn it into a reason to stay home from church to “spend time with you family”. (Oh yeah, political suicide going on here.)
Why a rabbit? What’s with the eggs?
You guessed it – it’s really all about sex. Or more specificall, fertility. The Easter Bunny hops along in spring randomly spreading eggs everywhere it goes.
Bunny. Spring. Eggs. You can’t get more fertile than this.
And what’s with all this celebration of fertility? You guessed it – when you trace it all back down – we’re actually celebrating the Greek goddess of “spring-like fertility” named Eostra.
The worship of this goddess was so ingrained in the Greek culture (along with the two days of feasting and celebration that occurred every spring) that the Roman Catholic church decided to adopt some of it’s customs, very slightly change the name and associate it with the resurrection of Christ.
And you’ll love this – the traditional Easter dress every one of us girls had to wear as children -yep, that tradition was started by the cult who worshiped Eostra – during the festivals, they had the maidens dress all in white like the goddess as a symbol of untapped fertility. (Cold shiver)
And why a chocolate bunny?
Just a little more about the crazy egg thing…
It seems that it is traditional for Catholics to dye their Easter Eggs red – to symbolize the blood of Christ. And that part of the reason there was such an abundance of eggs for Easter was due to the fact that eggs cannot be eaten during lent. However, early Protestants (who do not partake of lent) didn’t stress over the quantity or redness of their eggs and decided that they liked the variety of colors used by the religiously indifferent to symbolize the many colors and varieties of flowers that begin to bloom in spring. Personally, I prefer the Paws kits that have stickers so you can make your eggs have the crazy eyes.
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Now, I could take this to a serious place – and tie the fertility theme back to the blood of Christ
because it was the shedding of His blood that birthed the New Testament church
and the real whole point of Easter is to remember not only His broken body, shed blood and death on the cross
but that Jesus died for the express purpose of being raised up and born again from death back into life
Why? So that we, who are already dead because of sin, can be born again into that same life with Christ
For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son
so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish by have everlasting life.
But, my faithful readers know me by now, and know I’m not gonna go to the serious place. Instead, I’ll leave you with this final reason why bunnies should NOT be associated with Easter:
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