The Origin of “Easter”

Easter Bunny

It’s 3.50pm. I was just finished the Easter Sunday Service in my local Church. I was coming from a non-English native language, and therefore, since Christianity was “imported” from western culture, many of the Christianity terms was imported without reexamined. In Indonesian language, the Easter holiday was called “Paskah”, even though I never know what’s the etymology behind the word “Paskah”.

And then, that message come. That one blackberry broadcast message that arrived in my phone which read, “Easter is not the same as Passover. The correct term is Passover, not Easter.”

Then I become intrigued. Sure I’ve heard about the word “Passover” either. But I never knew that those two was different. I thought those two was the same term, so I usually used Easter to refer to “Paskah”, as I think “Easter” just sounds more cool and right than “Passover”, as more people use the word “Easter” more than “Passover”, even though I never knew what’s the meaning of “Easter”. Is it from the word “East”? Maybe it got its name because Jesus was from Asia, and therefore it’s called “East”? That thing once bother me, but then I stopped bothers it anymore.

I read the message further, and then today I cross-checked it with Wikipedia and other sources. Turns out that the correct word for this holy day is “Pesach” in Hebrew, which when imported to Indonesian language it’s called “Paskah” (ooh, that’s where it comes from), and when imported to English language, it’s called “the Passover”, taken from its original meaning context, means “the act of God’s angel of death passing on the Egypt to take Egypt first born son, but they passed over Israel tribe and let them alive, because there were the blood of the lamb on their door gate”.

So, I got intrigued more, and do a little more research about this “Easter” word. And what I found creeps me out:

Easter comes from the word “Ishtar”, which in turn comes from the germanic word “Ostern”, means “The Rising”.

Some churches (like Catholic Church) gave new meaning for “The Rising”, to become “The Rising of Jesus Christ”. But the original meaning was the name alias of one of the gods, Semiramis.

This “Ishtar” ceremony is having a celebration date near the Passover celebration day, but the date was not fixed, because the “Ishtar” celebration was celebrated at the first full moon after the spring equinox, which happen to be around the Passover celebration date. Sometimes it’s just 3 weeks away, sometimes it’s far.

Tammuz was believed to be the only begotten son of the sun god and the moon god, Nimrod and Semiramis. Nimrod himself, was known as the grandson of Ham, who was Noah’s son. Ham has a son named Cush, and then married a woman named Semiramis. Cush and Semiramis has a son named Nimrod. After the death of his father, Nimrod married his own mother and became a powerful King.

The awesome thing is that the beginning of the story of these “gods” was written in the Bible, in Genesis 10:8-10. “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad,and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

Nimrod became a man which his follower worship like a god, and his mother (and, his wife) became the powerful queen of ancient Babylon.

A wicked man like that won’t be leaved away by God. Nimrod eventually get killed by enemy, and his body was cut into pieces, and sent to various part of the kingdom. Semiramis then gathered all the parts, except his reproduction organ. Using that excuse, she told lies that Nimrod can’t resurrect without that part, and Nimrod ascend to become sun-god Ball instead.

Then where do Easter bunny comes from? Nimrod and Semiramis had a son named Tammuz. Likewise his father, Tammuz was highly regarded as sacred person because he’s considered son of sun-god. Tammuz was fond of Rabbit. Tammuz was then killed by a wild boar (not a cool way to die for someone who begotten a son of god title, eh?), and she said that when his blood spills over an evergreen tree, the tree was grown overnight. That’s why evergreen tree is considered somewhat sacred too.

And Semiramis also told people to feast 40 days each year before the death anniversary of Tammuz. During that time, no meat allowed to be eaten. I remember that there’s a very similar tradition in Catholic, to encourage people to feast for 40 days before the Passover. But I believe that if the Catholic church has give a new meaning for that tradition, it’s not my place to say.

And about the schedule of Passover that I notice changed over time. I don’t know how those people decide the time for Passover event each year,  but if they decide that according to the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, then they decide it according to the pagan holiday. Sometimes they coincide. But sometimes they can be 3 weeks apart.

The “Easter” word DO exists in the Bible, especially in the King James Version, Act 12:4. But it doesn’t talk about “Pesach”, it talks about that Ishtar holiday, which Herod King (“Raja Nebukadnezar” in Indonesian language) planned to celebrate.

And the final problem is that, the translator, which translate the Bible to Indonesian language, translated “Easter” as “Paskah”.

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