Symbols of Easter older than Christianity

Everyone is familiar with the Easter egg and bunny, well its commercial aspect, thanks to chocolate companies creating all shapes of eggs and bunnies for the almighty dollar. Not the Almighty God in this case. Most of us would have had our fair share of purchasing and consuming the confectionery items. But where did these iconic figures come from and what is their true meaning?

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Mistranslation altered meaning of ancient festival

Some years ago, when I was researching about Pandora for my short story collection Accursed Women, I learnt there was an error in translation of a word. The significance of that mistranslation changed the way in which the myth was told and, subsequent interpretations through art and spin off stories. You can read about my blog post here: Idle curiosity of malicious intent. While researching about the origins of Easter, I learnt (many of you may already know this) that the Greek word ‘Pascha’ meaning Passover was mistranslated as Easter.

Das, Vraja Bihari (2018). Power of Traditions. Yoga for Modern Age. http://yogaformodernage.com/power-of-traditions/#prettyphoto/0/

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Enigmatic, Evocative and Enduring Myth of Worship Part 2

Rites and rituals form a part of our daily lives whether we participate consciously or not. Today, ‘rites’ and ‘rituals’ can relate to a series of actions or behaviour done regularly, such as going to work every day. It can also relate to certain conventions or habits like players gathering in a pre-match huddle. Each word can be defined as:

Rites: a formal act prescribed in [religious] ceremonies.
Collins Dictionary, 1989

Ritual: a prescribed order for performing a ritual ceremony that is consistently followed.
Collins Dictionary, 1989

Phryne on the Poseidon's celebration in Eleusis (1889) Henryk Siemiradski State Russian Museum

Phryne on the Poseidon’s celebration in Eleusis (1889)
Henryk Siemiradski
State Russian Museum

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