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  • proper n. A modern pagan festival celebrated either in March or April to welcome the Spring.
  • proper n. A putative Anglo-Saxon goddess.


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  • : The word may come from a word for a spring goddess in German, "Eostre," or it may come from a mistranslation.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2007

  • a lot of the symbols we use with many Christian holidays were associated with pagan celebrations, it just so happens Eastre, sometimes called Eostre and Ostara was the goddess of fertility, and she was celebrated with the coming of Spring ... and rabbits have long been associated with fertility.


  • : The Wild Hunt: A Blessed Spring Equinox: "Eostre" Yes, there's some doubt about whether there ever w ... bit. ly/dfYi2Y #

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  • Food Timeline states, The pagans worshipped the goddess Eostre (after whom Easter was named) by serving tiny cakes, often decorated with a cross, at their annual spring festival.

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  • Easter is a translation of the word, Eostre or Astarte.

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  • The name "Easter" comes from the Saxon Eostre (Phoenician Astarte), goddess of the Moon and measurer of time.

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  • He says that the Saxon invaders in Britain chomped on buns adorned with impressions of crosses in honor of the pagan goddess of light, Eostre, from whom the name Easter is derived.

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  • According to www. Ostara was very popular with the Anglo-Saxon people, who worshiped her under the name Eostre.

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  • Promoted to Headline (H4) on 4/10/09: Worship of Eostre yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Worship of Eostre'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: A poem for Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.'

    Worship of Eostre

  • * Eostre - an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, perhaps related to Ishtar and Isis

    Worship of Eostre


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