Posted: 04/04/2015 at 10:42
To move back to the Easter Bunny - he was totally unknown to me as a child. This is a very interesting article http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2011/apr/23/easter-pagan-roots
That seems like a bit of a biased an inaccurate article there Dove. There are literally hundreds of links to the 'Easter Bunny' in Celtic tradition, of course in different guises, the most obvious belonging to the Lutherans who had the 'hare' as a the symbol, he was a bit like Father Christmas, and would judge if the children had been good or bad.
It was the linking of the Easter Bunny with bringing Easter Eggs which I think is valid to say was later and probably derived in the US in the 18th century from German immigrants. This is the 'Osterhase' but both elements have much deeper and long traditional roots in Celtic (or pagan if the term must be used) tradition. Clearly though the immigrants were bringing with them long held beliefs and traditions.
Which is why I thought it was interesting I've been talking recently with a German friend on a Food Forum about Easter traditions
It seems too easy to dismiss the connection - apart from anything else, the visible presence of the hare at this time of year more than at any other time would surely lead to a connection with Eostre - and of course the use of the term 'modern' in the article is disingenuous - there's modern (as opposed to pre, ancient and early history) and then there's modern