Ēostre At Midnight
Old English Ēostre (also Ēastre) and Old High German Ôstarâ are the names of a putative Germanic goddess whose Anglo-Saxon month, Ēostur-monath (Old English “Ēostre month”), has given its name to the festival of Easter. Eostre is attested only by Bede, in his 8th century work De temporum ratione, where he states that Ēostur-monath was the equivalent to the month of April, and that feasts held in her honour during Ēostur-monath had died out by the time of his writing, replaced by the “Paschal month“. The possibility of a Common Germanic goddess called *Austrōn- was examined in detail in 19th century Germanic philology, by Jacob Grimm and others, without coming to a definite conclusion.
Linguists have identified the goddess as a Germanic form of the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn, *Hausos. Some scholars have debated whether or not Eostre is an invention of Bede’s, and theories connecting Eostre with records of Germanic Easter customs (including hares and eggs) have been proposed.
I tweeted the following a little bit ago:
#donthollaatmeif you’re one of those Christians who thinks their religion invented Easter. #stayawayfromme with that #ignorance. Ēostre
Because I like to make twitter trends work for me. I am irritated by a radio ad this Easter that tells churchgoers to come learn the TRUE meaning of Easter at their church. The true meaning predates their church. If they had said the true meaning of passover or of resurrection I wouldn’t be bothered by that, although various pagan gods that share origin story plots/themes with Jesus might take offense…
Noon: Luna tried to wake me with her mad ninja skills!