Meet Ishtar the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, war, love, and sex. This AMAZING relief is in made of clay and is from 1800 BCE That is 3800 years old! If you look carefully, there is even still some color on Her! She is in the British museum, and is call “Queen of the Night” & Mother Goddess.
Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God, it also has it’s connections to the Jewish Passover. The celebrations of Easter have many customs and legends that are pagan in origin and have nothing to do with Christianity.
300 years before Christians established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March Equinox at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E. The pagan Easter, however, was celebrated long before Christianity .
In the 8th century a Christian scholar claimed that Easter derived from the Saxon Eostre or Eastre. The ancient Saxons in Northern Europe worshiped the Goddess Oestre at the time of the Spring Equinox. The Goddess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility, the renewal of life.
The Anglo-Saxons and other Teutonic tribes were not the only ones to celebrate the rites of spring. A pagan goddess of fertility and spring was honored in many cultures; for example, to the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians she was known as Ishtar and to Semitic tribes as Astarte.
Pagan Easter Foods and Traditions
Many Easter traditions including food, predate Christianity and are pagan in origin. Easter eggs, lamb or ham, candy, hot cross buns and Easter baskets all come from pagan traditions and have been adapted over time for the Christian holiday.
the eggEggs were symbols of life, fertility, immortality and rebirth in many cultures. Pagans often colored and ate eggs during spring festivals, celebrating the return of the sun after winter and the fertility of new soil. The pagan tradition of including eggs in spring festivals carried over very naturally into Christian tradition, in which the egg symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus and his immortality.
Lamb and Ham
The tradition of eating lamb or ham at Easter finds its roots in pagan times. Pagans would preserve meat to eat throughout the winter. By the time spring arrived and livestock began to reproduce, people would eat the last of the cured or salted meat, knowing that there would soon be more. Lamb is also directly associated with Jesus, called the “lamb of God.”
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Hot cross buns have their origin in the pagan springtime festival honoring the goddess Eostre or Ostara, from whose name “Easter” is derived. The buns, decorated with small crosses to symbolize the quarters of the moon or a bull’s horns, were thought to ensure fertility and the goddess’ protection in the coming year. These buns were incorporated into Christian tradition. Today the cross represents that upon which Jesus was crucified, and the buns are eaten throughout the Easter season.
The Christian tradition of eating candy eggs and rabbits, both symbols of life and fertility, comes from the pagan idea that one could assume the qualities of a given symbol by eating something that represented it. Candy rabbits and eggs are a way of celebrating the essence of spring and the qualities of fertility and life.
In pagan tradition, baskets full of treats were left out for fairies at different times of the year. This was said to save the basket provider from becoming the subject of fairy mischief. At Ostara, these baskets were filled with sweet things, corresponding to the nectar in new flowers. This is most likely the origin of the traditional Easter basket, filled with real or artificial grass, candy, eggs and other treats.
Style of Ishtar and Eastreeastre 1
“Eastre” – the Saxon Goddess of Spring, gives us the word “Easter”. This sculpture is made almost entirely from circles, making it a perfect example of PsychoGeometric Art. The artist wanted the circles to represent the warm glow of the Sun after the harsh frigidity of Winter.
Madonna’s involvement with the mystic religion Kabbalah continues to strengthen, with the megastar revealing that, inspired by its teachings, she would now like to be re-named Esther.
The styles celebrating these idols are becoming more apparent. Fashion and styles are featured to give tribute to their pagan beliefs. The Entertainment industry subconsciously promotes these fashions to our youth so they to will unknowingly participate in the idolatry and then eventually accept this worship of goddess as the norm. maleyhornhair
The Ancient PreHistoric Cult known as The Sacred Ram.
The ram loomed large as a religious icon across a great many cultures and was a part of the core of mythologies, of Pharoanic Egypt, pre-Christian Europe, Classical Greece, West Africa, and the Judeo-Christian tradition and it is often associated with celebrations of the “solar return” or return of spring and fertility after the hiatus of winter. For a survey of the cult, see the writings of Deborah Houlding, “HEAVENLY IMPRINTS: Development of the Zodiac and the early origins of Aries & Taurus“.
Aries is known to originate from Egyptian symbolism argues that their perception of the sign is closest to its original meaning. Aries was incorporated into the Mesopotamian zodiac after the conquest of Egypt by the Assyrians in 671 BC. In ancient Egypt the ram was revered as an emblem of the Sun and held inviolate except during the New Year ceremonies when lambs were offered to the Sun in sacrifice.
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