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Apr/10

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Happy Eostre Everyone

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That early Christianity was a highly syncretic religion is no great revelation (so to speak), nevertheless this Guardian piece on the pagan traditions incorporated within the Easter celebration is (if you discount the irritating hints of nature worship lurking in its penultimate paragraph) a good read.

In particular, I didn’t know this:

In an ironic twist, the Cybele cult flourished on today’s Vatican Hill. Cybele’s lover Attis, was born of a virgin, died and was reborn annually. This spring festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday, rising to a crescendo after three days, in rejoicing over the resurrection. There was violent conflict on Vatican Hill in the early days of Christianity between the Jesus worshippers and pagans who quarrelled over whose God was the true, and whose the imitation. What is interesting to note here is that in the ancient world, wherever you had popular resurrected god myths, Christianity found lots of converts.

In the meantime, I’m glad to report at least one restaurant in New York City yesterday afternoon was serving hot cross buns (a traditional English Good Friday Treat), and very good they were too…

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2 comments

  • our founding truth · April 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The question is, “Is Catholicism Christianity?”
    Do they believe salvation is by faith or works? What does the Bible say?

  • cynthia curran · April 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Actually, Easter was known as Pascha in the early church/ Pascha coming from a Greek word for passover. And Euesebius that early church historian mention that Polycarp celebrated the Lentian season and Pascha with St John which means it actually goes back to the 1st century.

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