The Easter Bunny..A Germanic Pagan Myth..

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Well Easter is almost upon us, and straying from the more usual religious connotations around this Easter period, I researched into the pagan past of this event, and one of the wonderful myths that surround the legend of the Easter Bunny and all those coloured eggs...

Happy Easter One And All..

So close to Easter, almost here,
as children gaze in such delight..
At chocolate coated Easter eggs,
boxed with foil so shiny bright.
And parents hear excited cries,
of kiddies hunting in the grass,
for hidden treats, secreted so..
but Easter has a Pagan past.

Easter Comes..

So long ago, it once was said
now caught within the sands of time ..
Of Goddesses, and Heaven's Queen,
Ostara Festival you'll find.
The Vernal Equinox of Spring
now heralds in the lighter days..
Brings fertile growth in Nature's land,
as life returns, and Winter fades.

But What Is This..?

The Spring Goddess, arriving late
found a bird, that could not fly..
His wings were frozen to the ground,
her heart was saddened at its cry..
She took that tiny precious soul,
held so closely to her breast..
And it became a white snow hare..
called Lepus, so the Myths attest.

A Pagan Tale.. .

But Ostara gave him one more gift,
to remind him of the past he'd known..
For laying coloured eggs so bright,
one day a year, and so was sown..
The Easter bunny tale some say,
adapted fables as of olde..
Hence children love this time of year..
when chocolate eggs are swiftly sold.

Built From A Myth!

So gather children, one and all,
enjoy the bounty of this treat.
And should you see a rabbit pass,
he will be swift upon his feet!
And fertile too, just ask your mum,
for Hares and Rabbits swiftly breed.
Enjoy your Easter, young and old..
A Pagan rite the myths decreed.

Author's Note.. Credit & Acknowledements.

Author's Note
This particular myth is of Germanic origin, though there are many varied myths out there regarding the origins of the Easter Bunny.. Coming across the tale of the little bird with frozen wings because the Spring Goddess Ostara (and also called Eastre/ Eostre/Oestre), was late in arriving, really captured my imagination and creativity and this poem was born from that alone. Ostara was the Saxon Goddess of Fertility. She was also the Goddess of Dawn and Spring.

As to why the Snow Hare became a Rabbit instead, I put down to the way tales are told and embellished as they pass from mouth to mouth, until they are committed to the written form.
A postscript I will add to this tale that I have recently sourced, tells us that the Goddess Ostara became angry at the hare she had created, probably due to his excessive breeding ability, and cast him high into the constellations above where he now resides as Lepus, resting beneath the feet of Orion.
One day a year on Easter, Lepus can return to earth to give away his varied coloured eggs to children..
I hope that you enjoyed this myth as much as I have enjoyed placing it within poetic form.

Happy Easter everyone, whatever your creed may be.

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Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for all images used.

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Childhood, Children, Easter, Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Easter Sunday, Equinox, German Origin, Hares, Ostara, Pagan Deities, Pagan Religion, Pagan Traditions, Songbird B, Songbird B Poetry, Songbirdb, Spring, Springtime

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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
25th Mar 2013 (#)

A masterful page dear friend!

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you dear CD, thought it would be an unusual spin on Easter..It was fun to do..\0/x

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Oh yes, many people do not realize Easter is a pagan fertility holiday! Did you know phallic candles were common then, as well as "giving the finger" as a friendly greeting?

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Mark, I swear I live and learn from you my friend! No, I hadn't come across that particular fact, but it has amazed me just how many of our festivals were originally pagan in tradition! Rather than just erase the 'old' religion, Christianity seems to have worked with it but given the festivals their own slant..Eventually of course, most forgot that there was any original pagan related connection to it except for those that still honour it. I do love dipping into history, you never quite know what you will discover.. Lovely to see you here on my page dear friend..\0/x

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author avatar Shirley Shuler
26th Mar 2013 (#)

I love this piece, Songbird, Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. You make me want to go hunting for Easter eggs :).

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Hi Shirley, I have been enjoying your poems so much my friend! Thank you for looking in on me, it is really lovely to find you here on my page..Have a great Easter! \0/x

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author avatar Buzz
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Funny bunny:) Fascinating star page, dear Bev! Happy Easter! Hugs!

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Happy Easter sweet Buzz..So nice to see you here, hope all is well with you dear friend..Hugs to you sweetheart\0/x

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author avatar Retired
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Interesting and well composed (well researched) star page, dear. Happy Easter. :)

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Happy Easter to you too RD! So many myths out there and this one really captured my imagination..\0/x

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Fascinating Songbird, you never cease to amaze me in the variety of your output just like how captivating Easter eggs are to children - siva

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Ah bless you dear Sivar..Even I surprise myself at times at the variety of subjects I write on..lol. As long as readers find this interesting or even chuckle at it, then I know that all the work put into it was worth it indeed. I love knowledge, however eclectic..Thank you for your popping in on my page. Happy Easter my friend. \0/x

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Mar 2013 (#)

A masterpiece for sure my friend. I had never heard this particular myth and found it fascinating. I saw a rabbit a couple of days ago while out walking with a friend. It was white as we still have patches of snow, especially in the wild.

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Kingwell. I just loved this particular myth.. I gather the Snow Hare's coat actually is white and then turns to brown..We live and learn my friend..Thank you for looking in on me..\0/x

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author avatar Djbrat
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Wow, full of wonderful photos, love this ♥

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Hi Dina! Thank you for looking in on me too my friend! I just love those little hearts you add! \0/x

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author avatar richardpeeej
26th Mar 2013 (#)

I must say I so enjoyed reading this Bev and the pictures are well suited to your beautiful poem. Congratulations on another star page my friend :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Rich, why thank you my friend. You are a constant support on my pages and I so appreciate it.. Thought this would be a little different from the usual religious take on Easter.. Thank you for such warm comments sweetheart.\0/xxx

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Mar 2013 (#)

fascinating, and as always done with your touch of perfection and style...

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Mar 2013 (#)

Ah thanks Delicia..I really enjoyed doing this..It just caught my imagination..I hope you enjoyed reading it..The cartoon video is fun to watch...\0/x

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author avatar Carol
27th Mar 2013 (#)

A wonderful page full of Easter good fun!

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Carol..Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter my friend..Thank you so much for looking in on me..\0/x

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author avatar Poetic2984
28th Mar 2013 (#)

Well done fitting for the spirit of Easter, was in England a few months ago,

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Lovely to see you here dear Poetic..Hope you enjoyed your stay in the UK, and didn't get too wet..lol \0/x

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Loved your poem, glad we continue to enjoy Easter no matter what it's origins. In fact your poem makes me enjoy it even more :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
29th Mar 2013 (#)

Always nice to see you here Val..Behind every tradition there is usually a fable or two waiting to be discovered isn't there? Bless you for looking in on me my friend \0/x

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Mar 2013 (#)

fabulous page this Bev pics are adorable too...thank you ...

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author avatar Songbird B
30th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you for looking in on me Carolan..So glad to hear that you enjoyed this..lol. Happy Easter dear friend..\0/x

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Apr 2013 (#)

just looked again to enjoy the words and marvellous heart warming pictures....blessings xox

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Ah bless you Carolan..This was an enjoyable article to write..Hugs\0/x

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author avatar Carol
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

I am sorry Bev, don't know how to reply to messages, but I want to thank you so much for yours. I will persevere now and try to get it right!

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

No problem Carol. Just take it step by step as I explained and you should be able to embed youtube videos without a problem. Happy to be of service my friend\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Great article and well researched Bev, congratulations with Shining star! XOXO

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author avatar Songbird B
4th May 2013 (#)

Bless you dear Andre'. It makes my day to see your smiling face on my page dear friend.. This was a fun article to do..\0/x

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author avatar James Sirois
13th May 2013 (#)

They say that you should try and learn something new everyday. Well, I just did! I love reading about pagan myths,ancient Egypt etc.. There always seems to be some underlying miniscule point of truth within these awesome stories. Great article! Thank you

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author avatar Songbird B
13th May 2013 (#)

Hi James, great to meet you! I love pagan myths too and have published quite a few pages on them..Totally agree about there always being an element of truth somewhere, even if only disguised as symbolism.. \0/x

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author avatar Mystic Maid
24th May 2013 (#)

Thanks for the tale.... I love stories using a little myology.

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author avatar Songbird B
24th May 2013 (#)

Thanks for looking in on me Georgia..Yes I love them too and they can make great poetic articles with a tweak here and there..lol a0/x

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