Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter - History, Symbols and Tradition

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The Christian Easter is derived from the Hebrew, and was celebrated for the first time in the year 160. The traditional Easter egg is a symbol of birth and resurrection in every cultural tradition. On this day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Most people follow what they have been taught, assuming that what they believe and do is right. Accepting their beliefs for granted most of them do not take the time to assess whether the things they do are correct.

Since hundreds of millions celebrate it, supposedly in honor of the resurrection of Christ, then certainly the Bible must have much to say about it. Surely there should have been many verses mentioning rabbits, eggs and egg hunts, baskets of sweets, hot cross buns, Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the ceremony at the sun rise and not to mention the same Easter. The Bible says nothing about Lent, eggs and egg hunts, candy baskets, etc. Easter requires close scrutiny.

Ishtar (from which the festival takes its name, Easter) is the goddess of love, fertility, eroticism and goddess of war in the Babylonian mythology. The vast majority of secular and ecclesiastical historians agree that the name of Easter and traditions that accompany it have deep pagan roots.

The pagan people of the prehistoric era celebrated it as a spring festival with the budding of trees, the first flowers blooming in the meadows and then the nature resurrected after the cold winter. The idea of resurrection of nature became the resurrection of Christ and also this myth in some way was incorporated into the new religion that was spreading in contrast to paganism.

The Christian Passover also coincides with the date of the spring equinox of the pagans. The terms Easter and Oster allude to the goddess Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility, the equivalent of Aphrodite, Venus and Ishtar. The deity is widespread, with its cult and festive customs. It had some affinities with the divinity of the oldest cultures as in Greece, that of Estia and in Roman Empire.

In ancient times, for the occasion, the priestesses of the goddess, celebrated a special ritual that involved the lighting of a candle symbolizing the eternal flame of existence. The candle, inside the temples dedicated to the goddess, was turned off at dawn the following day. During the festivities were celebrated rituals and in particular by some Wiccans, during which the rebirth of life was exalted and sanctified through the sexual union.

Although many elements of ancient tradition were incorporated into current festivities, among them we can mention the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility and prosperity and the egg, embryo primordial symbol from which flows the existence. Among the most popular Easter customs was to share the eggs, and in fact the pagans celebrated the return of the goddess by keeping eggs under trees, for the protecting deities who favored the fertility of every aspect of nature.

Even in ancient Rome, there were traditions linked to the symbol of the egg. The Romans used to bury a painted egg in the fields of red, a symbol of fertility and therefore favorable for the harvest. And it is with the meaning of life that the egg became part of the Christian tradition. The egg had symbolic features since ancient times.

The eggs, in fact, often played the role of a symbol of life itself, but also the sanctity. According to some pagan and mythological past beliefs, the sky and the planet were considered two hemispheres that were created from a single egg, while the ancient Egyptians regarded the egg as the centerpiece of the four elements of the universe water, air, earth and fire.

The tradition of the gift of eggs was already documented among the ancient Persians where it was a widespread tradition to exchange an egg with the advent of spring season, followed over time by other ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, who regarded the change of season as the beginning of the new year, the Greeks and Chinese. Often the eggs were hand-decorated.

The origin of the Easter egg is based on the traditions of the fertility of the Indo-European races. The reason of cosmogonic egg, attested in Polynesia, is common to India, Indonesia, Iran, Greece, Phoenicia, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Pangwe of West Africa, central America and the West Coast of South America. In Russia and in Sweden were found of clay eggs in many tombs.

The statues of Dionysus found in tombs in Viotia carry an egg in his hand, a sign of the return to life. The egg represents the repetition of the original birth of the cosmos, the imitation of cosmogony. It was a natural progression that the egg, representing spring and fertility, has been integrated into a pagan spring festival that already exists. Connecting this symbol to Christ's resurrection in the spring required a lot of creativity and human reasoning.

The hare, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, is a symbol kept later in Europe. The true history of these fertility symbols, rabbits and eggs, is completely unknown to all unsuspecting children who have been guided by adults to believe that they have a special meaning. Easter become an American tradition in 1870. The nation did not observe Easter for an entire century of its foundation.

Since there is no instruction to observe Lent in the Bible, what is its origin? A forty-day period of abstinence was anciently observed in honor of pagan gods Osiris, Adonis and Tammuz. The forty days of abstinence of Lent practically arose directly out of the worshipers of the Babylonian goddess.

This period of Lent of forty days in the spring, is still observed by the Yezidis or Pagan Devil worshipers of Kurdistan, who have inherited it from their early masters, the Babylonians. That period of forty days was held in spring by the pagan Mexicans. This period of Lent of forty days was observed in Egypt. Lent comes from paganism, not from the Bible!

Dyngus Day, sometimes spelled Dingus Day, is celebrated in Poland as well as in some Polish communities in the United States. This festival always takes place on Easter Monday and is expected to be a fun, carefree holiday. It is also called Wet Monday as the Dyngus Day tradition is for males to soak females with water from buckets, tubes and the like. Traditionally, females should get their revenge on Tuesday by throwing dishes, but now most girls just soak the men with water on the same day.

Originally, Smigus Dyngus was a sort of trick-or-treat tradition. It involved the use of a special trolley and Gallo brought to every house to collect food and drinks. The rooster was real or carved in wood. Yet another legend associated with Dygnus Day is one reminiscent of a Polish princess named Wanda. The use of water to wet the females are said to remember Wanda.


Krishna said...

interesting post on easter and easter egg

thanks for sharing