Ishtar’s name and mythology has absolutely nothing to do with Easter. Ishtar (pronounced ‘ˈi sh ˌtär’) is a Babylonian goddess who ceased to be worshiped over a thousand years before Christ. The long dead Babylonian religion had zero influence on early Christianity.
Everyone knows that the Christian festival of Easter is the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. There have been many modern myths circulating around about Easter’s real origin, but these are a muddied mixture of half-truths and outright fiction.
The true origin of the Christian festival of Easter lies in the pre-existing Jewish festival of Passover, which celebrates the Jewish people’s escape from Egypt into the Promised Land. Christ’s last supper was a Passover meal, and his death and resurrection occurred during the Passover week. So naturally, the early Christians celebrated these events in line with the Jewish Passover.
It was when the Roman empire became Christianized that the Roman authorities sought to formalize it as a common religious festival. In AD 325 the Roman church stopped using the Jewish calendar, and calculated their own date for Easter as the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. This year’s Passover occurs from the 25th of March to the 2nd of April, whilst Easter is the 31st of March. The eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Easter on the 5th of May, due to their use of the Julian calendar rather than our Gregorian calendar.
So why the claim that Easter has pagan origins? This is mainly the result of an Anglo-centric view of Easter. The English word for Easter is taken from the pagan spring festival of Eostre, which occurred around the same time, following the northern spring equinox. This is a phenomenon limited to the English speaking world, since non-English names for Easter are more representative of its origins. The name for Easter among the early Christians was Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew Pesach, meaning Passover. Most languages derive their names for Easter from this, such as the Spanish Pascua, the Italian Pasqua, the French Paques, the Dutch Pasen, the Scandinavian Paske, the Russian Pascha, and the Middle Eastern Pesah. The original English names were Pash or Pace, but the name of the defunct pagan festival proved more popular. Most Slavic names mean “great night”, but the Croatian Uskrs and the Romanian Inviere mean resurrection.
Another reason for the pagan origin belief is that northern European nations have preserved some of the old spring festival traditions and fertility symbolism, such as eggs and rabbits. Other Christians do not have these pagan-origin elements in their celebration of Easter. It is a coincidence that the traditional pagan European spring festival takes place at the same time as the Jewish Passover and consequently Easter.
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Once again, christianity shows why it is the “Borg” of religions. COMPLETELY incapable of coming up with original content, (this page comes up with a new God each and every week, how hard can it be?) christianity assimilates other religions holidays and then claims it as their own.
The funny and sad part is, the christards eat this plagiarism up and then go batshit crazy if you dare to point these FACTS out to them.
Thank you WEEKling Hanchen for this.
(PS, I apologize for the multiple posts this morning, but Facebook is glitchy again, and scheduled posts are not working right now.)
~PSIV — with Chuck King.”
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