Easter

BUNNYThe word “Easter” and most of the secular celebrations of the holiday come from pagan traditions. Anglo Saxons worshiped Eostre, the goddess of springtime and the return of the sun after the long winter. According to legend, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became our Easter Bunny. Eggs were a symbol of fertility in part because they used to be so scarce during the winter. There are records of people giving each other decorated eggs at Easter as far back as the 11th century.

Wishing you an enjoyable Easter and/or pleasant Passover.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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7 Responses to Easter

  1. Now this is certainly worth posting and reading – excellent!

    Thank You, Bruce, for a history that helps put things in real perspective.

    It reminds me of the myths surrounding St Patrick – there’s no evidence at all he ever existed
    but that doesn’t stop us celebrating, nor should it, we celebrate all kinds of myths and legends.

    Again, Thank You

    Always

    john

  2. Thanks for the history. It’s amazing how we turn myths into rock-solid “beliefs.” Observe the newly elected Texas officials. On second thought, maybe you’d be wise to avoid looking. Could make you sick.

  3. In ancient agrarian societies every spring a virgin, male or female was sacrificed to ensure a good crop. They were venerated throughout the year and then got the chop. I can only imagine the spirited amount of shagging going on to keep out of the virgin stakes.

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