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?
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.