3/25/2008

Origin of the Easter Egg

Note: this was taken from a post on the Celtic Myth Pod Show There is a direct link to this site on my web page: http://mysite.verizon.net:80/resr5omo/whrhomepage/ Check it out. I think you will enjoy it. How the Easter Egg Came to Be - Published by Ruth at 10:59 am under Celtic Mythology, Fire Festival, Folklore, Holidays The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit, comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. Eostre was walking one fine Spring day and came upon a beautiful little bird. The poor bird’s wing was badly injured and Eostre, feeling great compassion for the little creature, wanted to heal it. But the little bird’ wing was so badly damaged that Eostre knew it would never be able to fly again even after She healed it. So, Eostre decided to help the bird by healing it in a way that would give it mobility and a little something more? She turned it into a rabbit! During the transformation, the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs. The rabbit was so grateful to Eostre for saving its life that it laid a sacred egg in Her honor, joyously decorated it and then humbly presented it to the Goddess. She was so pleased and so touched by the rabbit’s thoughtful gift that She wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honoring her wishes, the rabbit went all over the world distributing these beautifully decorated little gifts of life and continues to do so even today.
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