The Month of the Goddess Eostra
According to Bede an 8th century English Christian monk (who died in 735 CE) wrote in the De Tempore Rationum ("On the Reckoning of Time"), "The English months", the word Easter is derived from Eostre the Anglo-Saxon goddes of spring, and also a festival held in her honor. Bede connects it the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, relating to the month April, and called it Eostur-monath. He derived the name Easter from the Teutonic goddess Eostre which refers to a spring festival in Anglo-Saxon Culture that procededs Christianity.
However there is speculation that Eostre was fabricated by Bede. There are theories that connect Eostre with records of a Germanic fold custom which includes hares and eggs.
In his De temporum ratione , Bede wrote in Latin:
interpretatur, quondam a dea illorum quae
Eostre vocabatur et cui in illo festa celebrabant nomen habuit."
"Eostur-month, which is now interpreted as the paschal month, was
formerly named after the goddess Eostre, and has given its name to the festival."
Sacred Symbols of Eostre
is the hare, later known as the
Easter Bunny. Hares are a sign of fertility because
of thier extremely fertil reproductive practices. It has also been suggested that The Goddess of the Dawn, was carried by hares.
While others have said that she was depicted as having the head of a Hare. The hare connection to the Goddess is that they are a
direct representation of what she embodies, springtime life.
coming out of the womb and procreation. Colored eggs are also said
to remind us of the colors of spring time.
Evolution of Easter
Eventually the Christian church adopted the Easter festival incorporating the story of Jesus Christ's Resurection.
It was easy to intagrate Eostre festival into Christian religion because it could also represent the re-birth of Christ and
his resurection while slightly changing the name from Eostre to Easter.
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