Acharya S/D.M. Murdock image Happy Belated Vernal Equinox Celebrations!

Time for these perennial favorites once again! As you can see from the articles below, there’s more to Easter and Passover than meets the eye.

On April 21st at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST, I will be appearing once again on the Godless Discussion Radio Program, to discuss the origins of Easter.

Here is the direct link:

God Discussion on BlogTalk

or Acharya S on Easter

Mark your calendar and be sure to listen in! If you miss the show, it will be archived for later access as well.

Enjoy my show and articles!

Easter: Christian or Pagan?

by D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

Contrary to popular belief, Easter does not represent the “historical” crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In reality, the gospel tale reflects the annual “crossification” of the sun through the vernal equinox (Spring), at which time the sun is “resurrected,” as the day begins to become longer than the night.

Rather than being a “Christian” holiday, Easter celebrations date back into remotest antiquity and are found around the world, as the blossoming of spring did not escape the notice of the ancients, who revered this life-renewing time of the year, when winter had passed and the sun was “born again.” The “Pagan” Easter is also the Passover, and Jesus Christ represents not only the sun but also the Passover Lamb ritually sacrificed every year by a number of cultures, including the Egyptians, possibly as early as 4,000 years ago and continuing to this day in some places.

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Easter: The Resurrection of Spring

by D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

Although it is believed to represent the time of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the festival of Easter existed in pre-Christian times and, according to the famous Christian saint Venerable Bede (672-735 AD/CE), was named for the Teutonic or German goddess Eôstre, who was the “goddess of dawn” and who symbolized the fertility found abundantly during the springtime of the year.

The springtime/Easter resurrection myth occurred in Greek mythology with the tale of Kore/Persephone descending into the underworld to reside with Hades, leading to the death of winter. Her remergence out of the underworld represented the springtime renewal of life on Earth – thus, Persephone’s resurrection symbolized eternal life, precisely as did that of Jesus and the Egyptian god Osiris. Read more…