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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A Mother’s Love

A mother has a unique bond with her child, a deep connection which is established when a woman becomes pregnant. Ten months of nurture before the birth unites both mother and child. No matter what happens afterwards, whether life deals good cards or bad cards, that connection is what binds, forever. Even our planet is referred to as Mother Earth or Gaia, the giver of life. A mother’s love will always see the good, like our planet who keeps giving us the ability to breathe, sustain and live no matter what we do to her. And like Demeter, whose unconditional love for her daughter, showed us the way of motherhood and parenthood.

Demeter mourning Persepone by Evelyn de Morgan, 1906

Demeter mourning Persephone
by Evelyn de Morgan, 1906

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