Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hot Cross Buns and Easter - Pagan Origins

 This post may be offensive to some.

Hot Cross Buns. Yum!
Once upon a time, there were a whole bunch of Saxon Pagans who had a little celebration at the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. They called this celebration Ostara or Eostre, to honour the Goddess Ostara.

The Goddess Ostara
Is that a Bunny at her feet?
Ostara was the Goddess of the dawn and of spring. Spring, of course, is a time of fertility and a return to life as the earth greens herself up a bit and flowers begin to bloom again. Naturally, fertility celebrations came into this. (Think of those bunnies and Easter eggs everyone loves so much. More fertility than Jesus.)

Also, once upon a time, there was a Sumerian God named Tammuz. Tammuz was the only begotten son of the moon Goddess and the sun God. Tammuz was particularly fond of bunnies. Bunnies became a symbol of the God Tammuz. One day, Tammuz was killed by a wild pig and ascended into Heaven to be with his father - Baal - and as a twosome, incorporating the spirit of their bond as father and son, they would be worshipped as (drum roll) The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Each year at the celebration of Istar/Easter, Tammuz's resurrection and ascension would be celebrated over a period of 40 days.

(Sound familiar to anyone?)

Round cakes, or buns, were prepared in the Goddess's honour and a cross iced over the bun to signify the different phases of the moon.

Easter, my friends, is a Pagan holiday.


  1. Here's the Catholic Encyclopedia on Easter:

    It doesn't deny that some things, like the rabbit, are Pagan symbols.

  2. Yes this is true, all Christian festivals were placed on Pagan dates... I suppose to encourage the pagans to embrace christianity.

  3. I think that Easter is actually dated in accordance with the Jewish Passover. The Last Supper was a Passover meal, or the day before according to John's Gospel [I think].