10 May 2011

EASTER BUNNY UPDATE.


I really wasn't too sad when I first heard the ugly rumour that the Toothfairy (whispers) didn't exist. I mean there were only so many teeth I could lose and therefore our relationship was never going to be a long lasting one.

Much more devastating was hearing that some children actually believed that Father Christmas was not real - I know, shocking isn't it?

But what has this to do with my recent article on the EASTER BUNNY?

Well ..........

I hope you are sitting down for this ...........

I  have heard rumours that he/she (?) might also be an urban myth and not real at all or at least does not have its origins in paganism.

Did you know that Easter was originally a pagan festival dedicated to Eostre the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, whose consort was a hare, the forerunner of our Easter bunny? (Of course you did because you read my post on the subject.)

The trouble is that they are wrong. The colourful myths of Eostre and her hare companion, who in some versions is a bird transformed into an egg-laying rabbit, aren't historically pagan. They are modern fabrications, cludged together in an unresearched assumption of pagan precedence.

Oh dear!!!!! In short ...............

There are no images of Eostre, no carvings, no legends, and no association with hares, rabbits or eggs. - Adrian Bott, The Guardian (23/04/2011) Click HERE for full article.

OK, OK, so there may not be any actual evidence to prove that there is an Easter Bunny but do you have any evidence that proves there isn't an Easter Bunny? No, I thought not.



16 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

I hadn't gotten to read your other post, so all of this was new to me . . . interesting, especially about Eostre.

GMR said...

Here here! I know there's a bunny, and you know there's a bunny and that's all the proof we need. ^_^

Kelly said...

We always had Easter baskets, but it never was attributed to the Easter bunny (so no belief). The tooth-fairy only left money for the first few teeth (so limited belief), but Santa.... now as long as you "believed" Santa would visit, he did!!

Misha said...

I always assumed that the myth of Eastern Bunny originated long ago. The fact that it's actually a modern fabrication is a bit sad.

joemmama said...

Oh say it isn't so...next you will tell me there is no Santa Claus..

Heather said...

Mr. Bunny left a rather large basket of those lovely and colourful foil wrapped eggs at my sister's house while we were there. Didn't see him hop in and he must be stealthy as the dog didn't notice either.

As for Zombies, I am done with those for a while, I much prefer a vampire.

Dorte H said...

Okay, you have a point there. And good you are back in business.

Suko said...

Yes, Virginia, there is an Easter Bunny.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I haven't seen Hop yet, but I'm convinced that was the true story of the Easter bunny. ;)

NRIGirl said...

Amusing write up Petty. As always, it leaves me smiling for a while...

Hope all is well at your end. Long time no see...

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Too neat! :) Always learn something every day. :) Thank you for the little Easter scoop. Cool!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Ha! I have proof! The Easter Bunny and I are the best of friends-he gives me candy every year to prove it. ;)

(Okay, FINE. I know he's not real. But my parents are. :))

kavita said...

I know there is one -Santa and Tooth Fairy told me when i was little :)Loved the write up P.W.

chitra said...

I have read abt. your Pagan festival post. I don't know much about these things.thanks fot the info.

Dizzy C said...

Until there is proof that there isn't an Easter Bunny I will continue to eat my choccy at Easter :)

Great post, as always.

carol

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i'm literally lol reading oddyoddyo's comment!

really enjoyed your post, after reading it i found myself with a smile on my face...so thanks for that.

bear hugs!

betty xx