April 3, 2015 Leave a comment
The conspiratorial mind finds connections everywhere and generally doesn’t believe in coincidence. Easter and Ishtar sound similar? So they must be related. Inanna was stripped, judged, and executed? There must be a connection to Jesus’ death.
No professional academics of either Indo-European religion or Ancient Mesopotamian religion believe there is any connection between the Germanic and the Sumerian gods and goddesses.
Only someone who doesn’t like to think too deeply about things would believe Jesus’ crucifixion is related to Inanna’s journey through the Underworld. Is being stripped and led through gates before being executed some sort of unique characteristic suggesting a link between Jesus and Inanna? It was common in the region at the time for a condemned man to be beaten, stripped, and led out of the gates of a city or town to be executed. Most of what Jesus went through was also shared by the two criminals crucified with him, as well as countless people executed throughout history. The unique elements to Jesus’ treatment was that he was given a crown of thorns and a sign mocking him as a false king. So how can you apply the Inanna myth to the crucifixion? She was on a journey through the Underworld. A piece of clothing or jewelry was given up by her at each gate to reduce her powers, until she was completely naked. Can this be compared to being stripped and beaten as a condemned man? Inanna was hated by the goddess of the Underworld, and was judged, killed, and hung on a hook. Jesus died for the sins of mankind by being nailed up and left to die. Compare these to many famous executions in history. The common theme is condemnation and death, but nothing else really. This article claims that the Inanna myth involves her resurrection after death just like Jesus, but the myth actually says she was allowed to emerge for a time and then return to the Underworld in an endless cycle which was the Sumerian explanation for the seasons. A very different concept from resurrection with eternal life.
The question is why are journalists throwing up these poorly researched and half-baked attempts to undermine Christian beliefs every holiday?
Extract from: Exposing Easter’s hairy tales: Are the myths myths?
By: Jamie Seidel
“EASTER = EOSTRE + ISHTAR?
What’s in a name? An awful lot, it seems. You’ll probably find what you’re looking for.
When it comes to the origins of “Easter”, you’re bound to stumble over the following two names.
Ishtar. She’s the Babylonian goddess of sex and fertility. Sounds like “Easter?” Her original name was Inanna.
Then there’s Eostre: She’s supposed to be an Anglo Saxon goddess of dawn and spring. Whether known as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos — all are said to be European derivatives of an ancient word for spring: Eastre.
One and the same? It depends on who you ask.
Christian scholar The Venerable Bede, writing in his book De Ratione Temporum about 725AD, declared that Easter was named after Eostre — the mother goddess of the Saxons. It’s the only historical reference we have to this goddess. Did she even exist?
“Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”
That’s it. That’s all we know about Eostre. There are no artefacts associated with her. Or any other legends.
Whether it be Jesus or Ishtar, Horus or Eostre, they have one thing in common: Association with the death of the sun in autumn, and its rebirth in spring.
Many scholars argue that the oldest known Easter story is the Sumerian legend “The Descent of Inanna”. It’s a story found etched on cuneiform clay tablets dating back to 2100BC.
The tale goes something like this:
When Inanna husband, Damuzi dies she is stricken by grief and follows his spirit to the underworld. She passes through seven gates and is stripped naked in the process. She is judged. She is executed. Her body is then hung as a warning to others.
After Inanna’s death, the earth loses its fertility. Extinction seems imminent. Then, three days later, after a plea from one of her household, other gods intervene — resurrecting Damuzi and Inanna. The couple are granted the power to bring life-giving light to the earth for six months of each year. After that six months, Damuzi must return to the underworld — and Inanna must rescue him again.
It’s just one of many resurrection myths predating Christianity. It’s just the best preserved.”
The Correct True Origins Of Easter