We last discussed about the pagan origin of Easter and to really paint a complete picture, talking about the origin of Easter Bunny is very necessary.
We don’t know how this year Easter is going to be like because the Corona virus is currently shutting down religion in the whole world.
People are no longer allowed to convene in large numbers because of the fear of spreading and contacting the virus.
The WHO has declared the outbreak as a pandemic and the very seat of the Vatican is the most hit at the moment. With hundreds of people dying in a single day.
It would be the first time that Nigerian pastors and other men of God would have to experience Easter in a very strange and distant way unless the virus is halted either by a cure or by the hand of Providence.
We already know by now the pagan origin of Easter and today we shall be talking about the origin of Easter Bunny, which is one of the pagan symbols of the celebration that really has nothing to do with death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The symbolic presence of the Bunny is tied to the fertility goddess Eostre (the very pagan source of the festival). The rabbit or Bunny was a symbol associated with Eostre, representing the beginning of Springtime.
In Germanic mythology, it is said that Ostara healed a wounded bird she found in the woods by changing it into a hare. Still partially a bird, the hare showed its gratitude to the goddess by laying eggs as gifts.
The egg has come to represent Spring, fertility and renewal.
The first reference to the Easter Bunny came from German text dating to 1572 AD: “Do not worry if the Easter Bunny escapes you; should we miss his eggs, we will cook the nest,”.
The belief that Ēostre had a hare companion who became the Easter Bunny was popularized when it was presented as fact in the BBC documentary Shadow of the Hare (1993).
If you would like a graphic representation of the Easter Bunny and the other pagan characters of the various festive periods of this world then watch the clip from Rise of The Guardian.
It is funny to find out that the major Christian festivals have pagan origins when as a religion, Christianity made sure African religion was relegated to the background.
Even in the hearts of Africans.
To narrate the various pagan roots of Easter and Christmas to many Christians in Nigeria is enough to cause a minor crisis.
They see the religion as the most perfect example of Gods worship on earth and fins it hard to even accept the most tiniest stain on its reputation as the religion of the One True God.
But apart from this pagan origin of Easter Bunny. There is another , stemming from the church.
It is said that they the Greeks believed rabbits could reproduce as virgins.
A belief that was later associated with the Virgin Mary. Who we all know was able to reproduce without meeting a man.
In medieval times it began appearing in paintings where the Virgin Mary was depicted, serving as an allegorical illustration of her virginity.
The Easter Bunny was first popularized as a symbol of the season by the German Protestants.
Originating among German Lutherans, the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide .
Going by the church origin of the Easter Bunny, It may also have been associated with the Holy Trinity , as in the three hares motif.
Going by this narrative, many people believe that the Easter Bunny is a distinctly Christian symbol, and does not have pagan origins.
Hope you enjoyed reading this piece on the origin of Easter Bunny?