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  • Re: Pagan Holiday?

    Originally posted by Jude View Post
    The Two Babylons
    Alexander Hislop

    Chapter III
    Section II

    Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain, along with the Druids, "the priests of the groves." Some have imagined that the Druidical worship was first introduced by the Phoenicians, who, centuries before the Christian era, traded to the tin-mines of Cornwall. But the unequivocal traces of that worship are found in regions of the British islands where the Phoenicians never penetrated, and it has everywhere left indelible marks of the strong hold which it must have had on the early British mind.
    *edit: had to correct the spelling..
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    • Re: Pagan Holiday?

      Someone has done their homework, refreshing.


      • Re: Pagan Holiday?

        Originally posted by Deade View Post
        Well then Brian, why don't you go and get a secular dictionary and look up the name "Easter?" It will inform you on the origin of the name.
        Yes, let's do that:

        Merriam-Webster: a feast that commemorates Christ's resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon easter table. History and Etymology for Easter: Middle English estre, from Old English ēastre; akin to Old High German ōstarun (plural) Easter, Old English ēast east

        Some sources suggest that there was a goddess called Eostre, but that's unlikely. The only evidence for her is one unreliable remark in the works of Bede, suggesting the existence of a goddess as the explanation for the name of a month.

        And anyway, most countries name the day using some derivative of the Greek Pascha, as shown in this map from