How The Easter Bunny Laid The Egg
3/25/2013 4:55:00 PM
I'm not religious. I tried, I really tried. But I eventually realized I'd only been faking it at best. Cynicism is my curse - or blessing - depending on how you look at it. If you're among the faithful, then you may already be clicking away. Blasphemy!
Okay, if you're still with me, this blog started because today I was looking into the origin of the Easter Bunny. It's pretty clear that the whole thing about the bunny laying eggs originated with heathen pre-Christian pagans. Early Anglo-Saxons worshipped the rabbit believing it to be the earthly incarnation of Eastre, a goddess in Germanic paganism. She was the goddess of fertility and springtime. And a hot babe, I suspect. Many of these folks also believed that the bunny was a hermaphrodite, meaning it had both male and female sex organs and could have sex with itself - thus remaining a virgin. How weird is that? If I had both male and female junk, I'd spend a lot less time watching TV.
Anyway, when the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity, the pagan Eastre celebration, which occurred around the same time as the Christian memorial of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, was combined with the Christian celebration and given the name Easter.
By the way, the reason the pagans chose the rabbit is because it is one of the two animals that multiply the fastest, and this was a fertility celebration. The other most horny animal is the mouse. But then the easter eggs would be really tiny.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to wire and load my backpack. Don't want to miss out on those 72 virgins.