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The Truth Behind The Pagan Origins Of

Easter
Written by A.C.Pike.

Introduction
Easter is that time of year when children go on Easter egg hunts, woman wear Easter bonnets,
and people (both young and old) eat hot cross buns; chocolate eggs and chocolate rabbits. The
Easter bonnet parades is a time when people compete in the best hat competition to win prizes.
The hot cross buns that are eaten are round in shape with the sign of the cross on top. The
chocolate sold in shops at this time of Easter is either in the shape of an egg, or a rabbit.
It is also the time of year when the church remembers and celebrates the death and resurrection
of our Lord.. This is a solemn time of reflection where Christians remember what the Lord did for
them by dying on the cross for their sins. This is when the churches lights advent candles to mark
the time of the year, and to count down the days to this celebration. It is also a time of fasting
called, 'Lent.' This is when people abstain from some of their favorite food in honor of the time
Christ fasted in the wilderness.
However, to the surprise of many, the festival that we know as Easter wasn't observed until the
4th century CE. It is in this period that the date for Easter was set by the church. Prior to this, the
early Jews had observed the Pashca (the Jewish festival of unleavened bread). It wasn't until the
2nd and 3rd centuries when some Christians had adopted and followed this feast.
The first century disciples and early church fathers of the second century, however, had
completely broken away from Judaism and it's practices, as the Mosaic law was fulfilled in Christ
(Romans 10:4; and Galatians 3:13). - So they neither observed Easter or Passover.
Bonnets
The Easter bonnet parade is an old traditional that dates back many centuries. In the parade
people wore different styles of hats in order to impress the competition. There were also prizes for
the best hat. The tradition of wearing these hats were adopted by the church, and it was soon
common practice for the woman of certain congregations to wear different types of hats to
church. But where did the practice of wearing these hats at Easter come from?
The Cutting Edge website makes this statement, "The priests (Druid) would wear their best
clothes, while the Vestal Virgins would wear newly-made white dresses. They would also wear
headgear, like bonnets, while many would adorn themselves in garlands of Spring flowers. They
would carry wicker baskets filled with foods and candies to offer to the pagan gods and
goddesses." (1).
So as we can wee, this practice of wearing bonnets around the time of Easter can be traced back
to ancient pagan druids. The hats were worn by the virgins who would offer both food and
candles to their pagan deities. - So the origin of Easter bonnets is deeply steeped in paganism
Easter
The majority of Christians around the world and through out the ages have come to view the word
Easter as the name of a Christian festival. But have you ever wondered where the term 'Easter'

originated from? Some people believe that the word derived from the Greek word for 'Eucharist
(giving thanks)', whilst others believe that it derives from an Anglo-Saxon word 'Eostre' that refers
to the east, but are these claims true? Upon further study we will in fact see that the word Easter
is pagan in origin. What a lot of Christians don't realise is that this word has it's roots in pagan
mythology. In fact, to the surprise of many the word is the name of a heathen goddesses who was
worshiped in parts of Europe.
The 'ISB Encyclopedia' wrote, "Historians have traced the origin of the word Easter to the
Scandinavian word 'Ostra' and the Germanic 'Ostern' or 'Eastre'. Both of these derive from the
names of mythological goddesses of spring and fertility, for whom festivals were held at the time
of the Spring Equinox." (2).
If we read back further we will find that in the works of the scholar know as Bede who lived 673
735AD have this to say with regards to the origin of the word Easter: Eosturmanath 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.
So as we can see, from the above two quotes, the word 'Easter' is not Christian in origin. In fact,
the etymology of the word is derived from a Scandinavian fertility goddess who was worshiped
around the time of the Spring Equinox.
Eggs
Easter eggs are one of the main aspects of Easter. Chocolate companies around the world turn
out mass productions of chocolate eggs for consumption at this time of the year. It has became
big business for many confectioneries.
But what is the connection between the festival of Easter and the eating of chocolate coloured
eggs? With regards to the use of eggs at Easter, C.J.Koster wrote, "Easter" was not only goddess
of dawn but also goddess of spring with all its fertility-symbols and fertility-rites.... which included
eggs and rabbits." (3).
So, as we can see, the dawn and spring goddesses are symbolised by an egg. It was believed
that when spring came, new life came, too. It is from the egg that this new life originated. So the
egg was used as a fertility symbol of the goddess of the dawn.

Good Friday
Where did the day Friday originate? The word 'Friday' has it's origins from 'Frigg's Day.'In Norse
folklore Frigg was a Norse goddess who was the wife of Odin. (5) Her special day of honour was
on a Friday, where she was venerated by her worshipers.
So why do Christians avoid eating meat on a Good Friday and substitute it for eat fish instead
when there isn't a one single scripture that commands to do so? In fact, abstaining from eating
certain foods is a "doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1). So, where did eating fish on a Good Friday
come from? Eating fish on Good Friday is actually a Roman Catholic practice that has it's origins
in the worship of the goddess, Venus. The day, 'Friday' used to be known as, Venus' Day. It was
on this day that this Roman goddess was honoured. Her symbol was the 'fish.' This is because
she was the deity of love, and fish was a sign of fertility. (11).

Hot Cross Buns


It is at this time of year the shops start to sell 'hot cross buns.' Both Christians and non-Christians
alike buy these buns to eat. There are various different reasons to why people buy them. The
Christian does it to show honour to Christ, whereas the non-Christian buys them to partake of the
Easter festival. But where did these buns originate?
Chambers's Book of Days reads, "Our hot cross buns at Easter are only the cakes which the
pagan Saxons ate in honour of their goddess Eastre..." (6).
Not only this, but the raisins represent the 'stars' in the sky and the 'cross' is a symbol of the
Babylonian god, Tammuz. Also, Easter was seen as the festival of Tammuz.
Why would a Christian want to eat something that is used to honour the false deities Eastre and
Tammuz?
Ham
One of the traditions at Easter is to eat ham. Ham is eaten because in the story of Tammuz the
shepherd, he was killed by a boar one day in the field. So in honour of Tammuz and how he died,
the eating of ham was introduced into the festival of Easter.
Ex-witch turned Christian, David. J. Meyer said, "Ishtar also proclaimed that because Tammuz
was killed by a pig, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday. " (7).
Also, on every blood moon pagans would sacrifice a swine which they would preserve to be
eaten at a later date. This is in direct opposition to the holy sacrifices of the Jews where a lamb
would be offered to Jehovah God . This represented Jesus Christ. So, as pagans throughout the
ages sacrificed swine to their gods, the faithful Jews of old viewed swine as an unclean food.
Eating pork at the same time of the Jewish passover (where the passover lamb represented
Christ's death) was seen as a mark of disrespect (Leviticus 11:17).
So, we can see that the eating of pork to mark Easter is a mockery of the sacrifice of the lamb of
God, Jesus.
Three Days And Three Nights
The church teaches that Jesus died on 'Good Friday (evening)' and rose on 'Easter Sunday
(morning).' This would mean that Jesus would have been dead for 'TWO DAYS'; however, the
bible clearly teaches us that "the Son of man be THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the heart
of the earth" (Matthew 12:40) So, the traditional view held by the church is wrong!
Some people might object to this and say that the days in the time's of the disciples were shorter,
or different then, but what does the bible say? Jesus said, "Are there not twelve hours in the
day?" (John 11:9), If there were "twelve hours in the day"-time (John 11:9), then there must have
been 'twelve' hours in the nighttime, too. A complete 24 hours just like our days.
Lent
Lent is a time where Christians fast in remembrance of the time that Jesus fasted in the
wilderness for forty days and forty nights. It is when Christians abstain from their favourite foods

as an act of piety towards God. The period that Lent is observed is a period of forty days. But
where did the idea of forty days come from?
Rev. Alexandra Hislop in his book 'The Two Babylons' wrote, "Coming from the Anglo-Saxon
Lencten, meaning spring, Lent originated in the ancient Babylonian mystery religion. The forty
days abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshipers of the Babylonian goddess
Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great
annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz" (8).
The word, 'Lent' is derived from a Saxon word meaning, 'spring.' Spring is seen by the pagans as
the inception of life. It is at this time that nature gives birth to various forms of life.
Also, the festival Lent is based upon a festival that celebrates the death and rebirth of the
Babylonian god, Tammuz. When Tammuz died his wife Ishtar mourned him for forty days. This
duration of the forty days of the Christian Lent has been taken from this festival (mourning) of
Tammuz.
Rabbit
At Easter chocolate companies mass produce chocolate bunnies to be sold in shops to mark the
festival of Easter.
In a similar way to the egg the rabbit is used as a fertility symbol. Because rabbits are prolific
breeders they were used by many cultures as fertility symbols. Another reason why the rabbit is
used at Easter is because in ancient mythology it was believed that the goddess, Ishtar (when
she came down from heaven to earth) was guided by a bird who gave her safe passage. As a
reward Ishtar turned the bird in to a rabbit.
Allen Butler makes this point, "In the ancient world, the rabbit has long been a symbol of fertility.
The rabbit is known for its reproductive powers, in fact, even today, we talk of couples who have
many children as "multiplying like rabbits". Because rabbits are known to reproduce often. In fact
our own lucky rabbit's foot goes back to this ancient tradition. The rabbits foot - being a phallic
symbol with supposed magical powers related to reproduction." (9).
As Christians would we want to use the symbol (or purchase) chocolate rabbits at this time of
year knowing that the rabbit was once used as a fertility symbol?
Sunrise Service
Most Traditional Churches face toward the east - which is the rising of the sun! This is how a lot of
pagan temples were designed facing towards the rising of their sun deity, sol. A similar thing to
this happened in the day of Ezekiel.
"And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the
temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their
backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the
sun toward the east" (Ezekiel 8:16).
Why would any true Christian want to worship in a building that has it's designs patterned after
pagan temples?
Also, certain churches hold their Easter Service at sunrise. This is because the sun rises in the
east. Remember the people in Ezekiel's vision facing towards the east? Sunrise services are

pagan! The New Book of Knowledge says, "The custom of a sunrise service on Easter Sunday
can be traced to ancient spring festivals that celebrated the rising sun." (10). So, as we can see,
the origins of the sunrise services have their roots in sun worship.
The Bible's view of Paganism
In light of the above - what is the bible's view with regards to celebrating these pagan feasts such
as Easter? Well, from studying the scriptures we can see that God gave strong admonish to the
nation of Israel against the worship of false gods! In Exodus he said to the children of Israel that,
"Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt
utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images" (Exodus 23:24). He gave Israel strict
instructions 'NOT' to learn pagan ways, he said, "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the
heathen" (Jeremiah 10:2). Further to these, the Apostle Paul warns the early Christian church
with regards to giving praise to demons, he said, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the
cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils" (1 Corinthians
10:21). So the bible is clear with regards to what God thinks of pagan festivals that bring honor to
false gods. As Christians we cannot willing participate in any of the above knowing that they have
their origins in paganism!
The bible is clear that we are not to pollute our Christian worship with other religions or pagan
practices. The high-priest Aaron had made the "molten calf" (Exodus 32:4) and then declared the
worship of it as "a feast to the LORD" (Exodus 32:5). Aaron and the Israelites foolishly believed
that as long as they honoured Jehovah with a feast, it would be alright to incorporate the worship
(custom) of another god. However, as a result of their comprised form of worship to God,
"THREE THOUSAND" people died that day (Exodus 32:28).
As we can see, we are not to pollute our worship to God with pagan. Do we as Christians want to
pollute our worship of Jesus with that of man made tradition, occultism, and paganism?
Conclusion
Time and time again we are told throughout the bible that we are to worship one God only.
When the house of Israel had sinned against God by worshiping other gods, Samuel told them
that, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and
Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he
will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines" (1 Samuel 7:3). - So by worshiping other gods
the Israelites had gone away from the LORD. To return to him they were told to "put away the
strange gods" (v3).
When Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness, he responded with the following, Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Luke 4:8). So, Jesus told Satan
that it is God and God only that we should worship.
So as Christians should we not follow the examples of both Samuel and Jesus and put away
these strange gods (1 Samuel 7:3) and worship the Lord they God...only (Luke 4:8).
References
All Bible quotations are taken from the 'King James Version' of the bible.
1) Occult Holidays and Sabbats, Cutting Edge.'

2) 'The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia', 1979, Volume 1, pages 319-320.'


3) C.J. Koster, 'The Final Reformation.'
4) Collier's Encyclopedia, 1980, Volume 15, page 748.'
5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg
6) 'Chambers's Book of Days, 1879, Vol. I, p. 337.'
7) David. J. Meyer, 'Last Trumpet ministries.'
8) Rev. Alexandra Hislop, 'The Two Babylons.'
9) Allen Butler, 'The Origin and History of the Easter Bunny.'
10) The New Book of Knowledge (1978).
11) http://www.letgodbetrue.com/bible/holidays/easter-problems.php

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