~ ANCIENT ORIGIN OF EASTER ~
The well known Easter holiday is upon us and it is a time where we celebrate the Christian theme of Jesus’s resurection. In celebration we typically take time off to be with family and decorate with colourful eggs, bunnies and partake in easter egg hunts and delicious meals. However looking deeper into where the idea of Easter actually came from is very interesting… We found that it is actually derived from the ancient Babylonian Goddess Ishtar / Easter who was worshipped as the moon goddess, the goddess of spring and fertility, and the Queen of Heaven. She is known by so many other names in other countries and cultures that she is often referred to as the goddess of one thousand names.
~ ABOUT ISHTAR MOON GODDESS ~
The Babylonians celebrated the day of Ishtar / Easter as the return of the goddess of Spring – the re-birth or reincarnation of Nature and the goddess of Nature. Babylonian legend says that each year a huge egg would fall from heaven and would land in the area around the Euphrates River. In
her yearly re-birth, Ishtar would break out of this egg and if any of those
celebrating this occasion happened to find her egg, Ishtar would bestow a
special blessing on that person.
~ ISHTAR / EASTER TRADITIONS ~
There are very similar traditions between the celebration of Ishtar and our modern day Easter celebrations such as offerings to Ishtar (consisting of freshly cut flowers, hot buns decorated with crosses,
and star-shaped cakes), new clothes to celebrate this festival (white
dresses or robes and bonnets on their heads), and sunrise services (to
symbolically hasten the yearly arrival of Ishtar’s egg from heaven – the re-
incarnation of the spring goddess).
From Babylon, this mystery religion spread to Egypt, Asia,
Europe, North and South America, all over the world, and eventually was
incorporated into mainstream Christian religion.