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WHAT IS THE ORGIN OF EASTER EGGS AND THE EASTER BUNNY?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:18 PM on Mar. 31, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Feeling guilty about arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara or Eostre saved the life of a poor bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. She made him her pet or, as some versions have it, her lover. Filled with compassion for him since he could no longer fly (in some versions, it was because she wished to amuse a group of young children), Ostara or Eostre turned him into a snow hare, named him Lepus, and gave him the gift of being able to run with incredible speed so he could protect himself from hunters.

    In remembrance of his earlier form as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs (in all the colors of the rainbow, no less), but only on one day out of each year. which is why in the springtime, we hunt for the eggs of the Easter Bunny.

    Eventually Lepus managed to anger the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the stars where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (The Hare) forever positioned under t
    DawnA72

    Answer by DawnA72 at 7:06 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:20 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • How many times is this going to be asked before the end of April, I wonder . . . ?

    They are both pagan symbols for fertility used during the spring equinox that the Christian faith adopted to represent new life in Christ during their celebration of Easter - the resurrection of Christ.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 5:25 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • The Encyolopedia Britanniion comeents about easter: A great many Pagan customs celebrating the return of spring, gravitated to early spring, gravitated to Easter. The egg is he emblem of germinating life of early spring The rabbit is a pagan symbol and has always been an emblem of fertility. (1913) colume v, P 227
    DeborahElder

    Answer by DeborahElder at 5:31 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • We celebrated it as the Death of Christ his death is much more important.
    DeborahElder

    Answer by DeborahElder at 5:33 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • His death is much more important to YOU but not to everyone.
    Some find the return of spring and the fertility it brings with it(think new animals being born,etc) as more important.

    To each their own...
    BonesDragonDew

    Answer by BonesDragonDew at 6:15 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • ...Eventually Lepus managed to anger the goddess Ostara, and she cast him into the stars where he would remain as the constellation Lepus (The Hare) forever positioned under the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter). He was allowed to return to earth once each year, but only to give away his eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring.
    DawnA72

    Answer by DawnA72 at 7:06 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • We always place a roasted egg on the Seder plate at Passover, but I don't know if there is any connection between that and the Easter egg. For Passover the egg represents the ritual offerings in the Temple of Jerusalem. It isn't generally eaten.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 7:22 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Aparently I came to this party late... I couldn't have said it better than DawnA72 did...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:25 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Well it has all been said... Well said DawnA72...
    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 8:39 PM on Mar. 31, 2009

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