Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hoppy Easter

     There aren't too many Easter-type books for tall people (excuse me while I refrain from using the term "adult fiction" as this leads many to assume one means erotica) besides the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection in the Bible. So I decided in honor of the holiday, to bore you with ... I mean relate ... a little history of Easter.

     Easter actually predates Christianity. Originally it was a pagan festival held in the early spring in honor of the Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara. Eastre was, of course, the goddess of fertility. The egg being a symbol of fertility was the natural choice to celebrate spring and the rebirth of all things grown.

     Feeling guilty about arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara saved the life of a poor bird whose wings had been frozen by the snow. She made him her pet. Filled with compassion for him since he could no longer fly, Ostara turned him into a white rabbit and gave him the gift of 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.

     Whether you are a Christian celebrating the resurrection of Christ, or just a kid at heart who loves Easter candy and colored eggs, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter. Info and excerpts taken from Goddess Gift website.

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